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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: https://www.ethnologue.com/.)

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Isoko[iso] 423,000 (2001 Johnstone and Mandryk). Delta State, Isoko and Ndokwa LGAs. Alternate names: "Igabo", "Sobo", "Biotu". Dialects: Ozoro, Ofagbe, Emede, Owe (Owhe), Elu, Aviara, Iyede, Imiv, Enhwe, Ume, Iwire (Igbide), Olomoro, Iyede-Ami, Unogboko, Itebiege, Uti, Iyowo, Ibiede, Oyede, Uzere, Irri (Iri) Ole (Oleh). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, SouthwesternRead More
Ito[itw] 5,000 (1988). Akwa Ibom State, Akamkpa LGA. Dialects: Listed separately in Crozier and Blench 1992. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Lower Cross, Obolo, IbuoroRead More
Itu Mbon Uzo[itm] 5,000 (1988). Akwa Ibom State, Ikono and Itu LGAs. Alternate names: Itu Mbon Uso, Itu Mbuzo. Dialects: Listed separately in Crozier and Blench 1992. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Lower Cross, Obolo, IbuoroRead More
Ivbie North-Okpela-Arhe[atg] 20,000 (1973 SIL). Edo State, Etsako and Akoko-Edo LGAs, villages of Ate, Okpekpe and Okpella. Dialects: Ivbie North (Ibie North), Okpela (Okpella, Ukpella, Upella), Arhe (Atte, Ate). Dialect cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, North-Central, Ghotuo-Uneme-YekheeRead More
Iyayu[iya] 24,651 (2000 WCD). Ondo State, one-quarter of Idoani town. Alternate names: Idoani. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, Northwestern, OsseRead More
Iyive[uiv] 1,000 in Nigeria (1992 Crozier and Blench). Benue State, Kwande LGA, near Turan. Alternate names: Uive, Yiive, Ndir, Asumbo. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, TivoidRead More
Izere[fiz] 50,000 (1993 SIL). Southern dialects: Plateau State, Barikin Ladi LGARead More
Izi-Ezaa-Ikwo-Mgbo[izi] 593,000 (1973 SIL). Population includes 200,000 Izi, 180,000 Ezaa, 150,000 Ikwo, 63,000 Mgbo. Ebonyi State, Abakaliki, Ezza, Ohaozara, and Ishielu LGAsRead More
Izon[ijc] 1,000,000 (1989 Williamson). Population includes 100,000 Kolokuma (1991 UBS). 1,770,000 all Ijo languages. Bayelsa State, Yenagoa, Southern Ijaw, Kolokuma-Opokuma, Ekeremor,and Sagbama LGAsRead More
Izora[cbo] 4,816 (2000 WCD). Plateau State, Bassa LGA. Alternate names: Chokobo, Cokobo, Cikobu, Chikobo, Cokobanci, Azora. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, JeraRead More
Janji[jni] 1,150 (2000 WCD). Plateau State, Bassa LGA. Alternate names: Anafejanzi, Jenji, Tijanji, Ajanji. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, JeraRead More
Jara[jaf] 46,251 (2000 WCD). Borno State, Biu and Kwaya-Kusar LGAsRead More
Jarawa[jar] 150,000 (1978 MARC). Population includes 20,000 Bankal, 19,000 Gingwak. Bauchi, Adamawa, and Plateau States. Alternate names: Jaranchi, Jar, Jara, Jarawan Kogi. Dialects: Bankal (Bankala, Baranci, Zhar), Ligri, Kanam, Bobar, Gingwak (Gwak, Jarawan Bununu, Jaracin Kasa). Dialect cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Jarawan, NigerianRead More
Jere[jer] 64,850 (1998 CAPRO). Population includes 15,000 Buji (1998), 15,000 Gusu (1998), 30,000 Jere (1998), 4,000 Ribina (1996 CAPRO), 850 Gurrum (1936). Plateau State, Bassa LGARead More
Jiba[juo] 2,000 (1977 Voegelin and Voegelin). Taraba State, Wukari and Karim Lamido LGAsRead More
Jibu[jib] 30,000 (1997 SIL). Taraba State, Gashaka and Bali LGA. Alternate names: Jibawa, Jibanci. Dialects: Gayam, Garbabi, Galamjina. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Jukunoid, Central, Jukun-Mbembe-Wurbo, JukunRead More
Jilbe[jie] 100 (1999 H. Tourneux). Borno State, Jilbe town, on the border of Cameroon across from the town of Dabanga. 1 village only. Alternate names: Zoulbou. Dialects: Speakers of Kotoko languages in Cameroon and Chad consistently report low intelligibility of Jilbe. Not the same as Zizilivakan. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, B, B.1Read More
Jimi[jmi] 1,000 (1995 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Ganjuwa LGA, Jimi village. Alternate names: Bi-Gimu. Dialects: Zumo. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.3, EasternRead More
Jiru[jrr] 3,416 (2000 WCD). Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA. Alternate names: Wiyap, Kir, Atak, Zhiru. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Jukunoid, Central, Jukun-Mbembe-Wurbo, WurboRead More
Jju[kaj] 300,000 (1988 SIL). Kaduna State, Kachia and Jema'a LGAs. Alternate names: Kaje, Kajji, Kache. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, Central, South-CentralRead More

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