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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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Idoma[idu] 600,000 (1991 UBS). Benue State, Otukpo and Okpokwu LGAs. Dialects: Idoma Central (Oturkpo, Akpoto), Idoma West, Idoma South (Igumale, Igwaale, Ijigbam), Okpogu. Dialect cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Idomoid, Akweya, Etulo-Idoma, IdomaRead More
Idon[idc] 5,000. Kaduna State, Kachia LGA. Alternate names: Idong. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, NorthernRead More
Idun[ldb] 10,000 (1972 Barrett). Kaduna State, Jema'a LGA. Alternate names: Lungu, Ungu, Adong. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, Western, Northwestern, KoroRead More
Igala[igl] 800,000 (1989 UBS). Kogi State, Ankpa, Idah, Dekina, and Bassa LGAsRead More
Igbo[ibo] 18,000,000 (1999 WA). Abia State, Anambra State, Aguata, Anambra, Awka, Idemili, Ihiala, Njikoka, Nnewi, and Onitsha LGAsRead More
Igede[ige] 250,000 (1991 UBS). Benue State, Oju, Otukpo, and Okpokwu LGAsRead More
Iguta[nar] 6,123 (1990). Plateau State, Bassa LGA. Alternate names: Naraguta, Anaguta. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, JeraRead More
Igwe[igw] 47,845 (2000 WCD). Edo State, Akoko-Edo LGA. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, North-Central, Ghotuo-Uneme-YekheeRead More
Ihievbe[ihi] North and east of Afuze, Owan LGA, villages of Ihievbe Ogbe, Ebetse, and Iyakhora. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, North-CentralRead More
Ija-Zuba[vki] Federal Capital Territory, south of Abuja, north of the Minna Suleja road. Alternate names: Koro Afiki, Koro Ija, Koro Zuba. Dialects: A dialect cluster. Listed separately in Crozier and Blench 1992. Different from Koro of Lafia, Begbere-Ejar, or Tanjijili. 'Koro' is used as a cover term for several languages. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, UnclassifiedRead More
Ijo, Southeast[ijs] 71,500 (1977 Voegelin and Voegelin). Population includes 66,600 Nembe, 4,900 Akassa. Bayelsa State, Brass LGA. Alternate names: Ijaw, Brass Ijo. Dialects: Nembe (Nimbe), Akassa (Akaha). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Ijoid, Ijo, EastRead More
Ika[ikk] 22,772 (2000 WCD). Delta State, Ika LGA. Dialects: A separate language in the Igbo language cluster. The dialect around Agbor, the administrative and commercial center, appears to be developing into a standard form. Further east and south from there, the varieties become more similar to Igbo (Report of the Committee on Languages of Midwestern State: 12). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Igboid, IgboRead More
Iko[iki] 5,000 (1988). Akwa Ibom State, Ikot Abasi LGA, 3 villages. Dialects: Culturally they consider themselves Obolo, but they cannot use Obolo literature. The language is closer to other Lower Cross languages than to Obolo. Listed separately by Crozier and Blench 1992. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Lower Cross, Obolo, IkoRead More
Ikpeshi[ikp] 5,317 (2000 WCD). Bendel State, Etsako LGA. Alternate names: Ikpeshe, Ekpeshe. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, North-Central, Ghotuo-Uneme-YekheeRead More
Iku-Gora-Ankwa[ikv] Kaduna State, Kachia LGA. Alternate names: Iku. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, NorthernRead More
Ikulu[ikl] 50,000 (1998). Kaduna State, Kachia LGA. Alternate names: Ikolu, Ankulu. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, NorthernRead More
Ikwere[ikw] 200,000 (1973 SIL). Rivers State, Ikwerre, Port Harcourt, and Obio-Akpor LGAs. Alternate names: Ikwerre, Ikwerri. Dialects: Apani, Akpo-Mgbu-Tolu, Ogbakiri, Emowhua, Ndele, Elele, Omerelu, Egbedna, Aluu, Igwuruta, Ibaa, Isiokpo, Omagwna, Ubima, Ipo, Omudioga, Obio, Rumuji. A separate language in the Igbo language cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Igboid, IgboRead More
Ilue[ilv] 5,000 (1988). Akwa Ibom State, Oron LGA. Alternate names: Idua. Dialects: Listed separately in Crozier and Blench 1992. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Lower Cross, Obolo, IlueRead More
Irigwe[iri] 40,000 (1985 UBS). Plateau State, Bassa and Barakin Ladi LGAsRead More
Isekiri[its] 510,000 (1991 UBS). Delta State, Warri, Bomadi, and Ethiope LGAs. Alternate names: Itsekiri, Ishekiri, Shekiri, Jekri, Chekiri, Iwere, Irhobo, Warri, Iselema-Otu, Selemo. Dialects: Close to Yoruba. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Defoid, Yoruboid, EdekiriRead More

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