Nigerian Languages

List of Nigerian Local languages. The number of languages listed for Nigeria is 521. Of those, 510 are living languages, 2 are second language without mother-tongue speakers, and 9 are extinct. (Source: Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.), 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fifteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Online version: http://www.ethnologue.com/.)

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Language Decription
Abanyom[abm] 12,500 (1986). Cross River State, Ikom LGA, Abangkang the main village. Alternate names: Abanyum, Befun, Bofon, Mbofon. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, EkoidRead More
Abon[abo] 1,000 (1973 SIL). Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, Abong town, east of Baissa. Alternate names: Abong, Ab, Ba'ban. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, TivoidRead More
Abua[abn] 25,000 (1989 Faraclas). Rivers State, Degema and Ahoada LGAs. Alternate names: Abuan. Dialects: Central Abuan, Emughan, Otapha, Okpeden. The central dialect is understood by all others. Odual is the most closely related language. Lexical similarity 70% with Odual. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Central Delta, Abua-OdualRead More
Abureni[mgj] Bayelsa State, four towns: Brass LGA, Agrisaba (Obo-Emeke)Read More
Acipa, Eastern[acp] 5,000 (1993). Niger State, Kontagora LGARead More
Acipa, Western[awc] 20,000 (1995 CAPRO). Niger State, Kontagora LGARead More
Aduge[adu] 1,904 (1992 Crozier and Blench). Anambra State, Oyi LGA. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, NorthwesternRead More
Afade[aal] 25,000 in Nigeria (1998 R. M. Blench). Population total all countries: 30,000. Borno State, Ngala LGA, 12 rather dense villages. Also spoken in Cameroon. Alternate names: Affade, Afadeh, Afada, Kotoko, Mogari. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, B, B.1, Kotoko ProperRead More
Agatu[agc] 70,000 (1987 UBS). Benue State, Otuko Divison, districts of Agatu, Ochekwu, and AdokaRead More
Agoi[ibm] 12,000 (1989 Faraclas). Cross River State, Obubra LGA, Agoi-Ekpo, Ekom-Agoi, Agoi-Ibami, and Itu-Agoi towns. Alternate names: Wagoi, Ro Bambami, Wa Bambani, Ibami. Dialects: Iko. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Upper Cross, Agoi-Doko-IyoniyongRead More
Agwagwune[yay] 20,000 (1973 SIL). Cross River State, Akamkpa LGA. Alternate names: "Akunakuna", Agwaguna, Gwune, Akurakura, Okurikan. Dialects: Abayongo (Bayono, Bayino), Abini (Obini, Abiri), Adim (Odim, Dim), Orum, Erei (Enna, Ezei), Agwagwune, Etono (Etuno). A dialect cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Upper Cross, Central, North-South, Ubaghara-Kohumono, KohumonoRead More
hn[ahn] 300 (2000 Blench). Ondo State, Ekiti LGA, Ajowa, Igashi, and Omou towns. Alternate names: Ahaan. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Ayere-AhanRead More
Ake[aik] 2,000 (1999 R. Blench). Nasarawa State, Lafia LGA, 3 villages. Alternate names: Aike, Akye. Dialects: The closest language is Eggon. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, Western, Southwestern, BRead More
Akpa[akf] 26,894 (2000 WCD). Benue State, Otukpo LGA. Alternate names: Akweya. Dialects: Dialect cluster. Lexical similarity 84% with Ekpari. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Idomoid, Yatye-AkpaRead More
Akpes[ibe] 10,000 (1992 Crozier and Blench). Ondo State, Akoko North LGA. Alternate names: Ibaram-Efifa. Dialects: Akunnu (Akpes), Ase, Daja, Efifa, Esuku (Echuku), Gedegede, Ikorom, Ibaram, Iyani. A dialect cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, AkpesRead More
Akuku[ayk] Edo State, Akoko-Edo LGA. Dialects: Related to Oloma. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, Northwestern, SouthernRead More
Akum[aku] Taraba State, near the Cameroon border, 3 villages in Nigeria (Manga, Ekban, Konkom). Alternate names: Anyar. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Jukunoid, Yukuben-KutebRead More
Alago[ala] 35,052 (2000). Nasarawa State, Awe and Lafia LGAs. Alternate names: Aragu, Arago, Argo, Idoma Nokwu. Dialects: Doma, Agwatashi, Keana, Assaikio. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Idomoid, Akweya, Etulo-Idoma, IdomaRead More
Alege[alf] 1,200 (1973 SIL). Cross River State, Obudu LGA. Alternate names: Alegi, Uge, Ugbe. Dialects: Related to Gayi (Bisu of Obanliku cluster) of Nigeria and Cameroon. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, BendiRead More
Alumu-Tesu[aab] 4,702 (2000 WCD). Nasarawa State, Akwanga LGA, near Wamba. Alumu is 7 villages and Tesu is 1. Alternate names: Arum-Cesu, Arum-Chessu, Arum-Tesu, Alumu. Dialects: Alumu (Arum), Tesu. Related to Toro. The two dialects have only intonation differences. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, AlumicRead More

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