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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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Language Decription
Kapya[klo] 200 (2004). Taraba State, Takum LGA, at Kapya. Dialects: Related to Kutep. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Jukunoid, Yukuben-KutebRead More
Karekare[kai] 150,000 to 200,000 (1993 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Gamawa and Misau LGAsRead More
Kariya[kil] 2,000 (1995 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Ganjuwa LGA, Kariya village near Miya town. Alternate names: Kariyu, Kauyawa, Lipkawa, Vinahe, Wihe. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.2Read More
Khana[ogo] 200,000 (1989). Rivers State, Khana LGARead More
Kholok[ktc] 2,500 (1977 Voegelin and Voegelin). Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA, near Didango. Alternate names: Kode, Koode, Kwoode, Pia, Pitiko, Widala, Wurkum. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.2, Bole, Bole ProperRead More
Kinuku[kkd] 500 (1973 SIL). Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA. Alternate names: Kinuka, Kinugu. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, KauruRead More
Kiong[kkm] 100 (2004). Ethnic population: 569 (2000 WCD). Cross River State, Odukpani and Akampka LGAs. Alternate names: Akayon, Akoiyang, Okonyong, Okoyong, Iyoniyong. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Upper Cross, Kiong-Korop Nearly extinct.Read More
Kir-Balar[kkr] 3,050 (1993). Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA, Kir Bengbet and Kir Bajang'le villages. Alternate names: Kir, Kirr. Dialects: Kir, Balar (Larbawa). Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.3, BoghomRead More
Kirike[okr] 248,000 (1995 UBS). Rivers State, Okrika, Port Harcourt, and Ogu-Bolo LGAs. Alternate names: Okrika. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Ijoid, Ijo, East, Ibani-Okrika-KalabariRead More
Koenoem[kcs] 3,000 (1973 SIL). Plateau State, Shendam LGA. Alternate names: Kanam. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.3, Angas Proper, 2Read More
Kofa[kso] Adamawa State, Song LGA, north of Betul road, north of Yola. Alternate names: Kota. Dialects: Reported to be a separate language from Bura-Pabir. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.2, 1Read More
Kofyar[kwl] 109,943 (2000). Plateau State, Qua'an Pan and Mangu LGAsRead More
Kohumono[bcs] 30,000 (1989). Cross River State, Obubra LGA. Alternate names: Bahumono, Ohumono, Ediba, Humono, Ekumuru. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Upper Cross, Central, North-South, Ubaghara-Kohumono, KohumonoRead More
Koma[kmy] 32,000 in Nigeria (1989). Population total all countries: 35,000. Adamawa State, Ganye and Fufore LGAs, Koma Vomni, Alantika Mountains. Also spoken in Cameroon. Alternate names: Kuma. Dialects: Gomme (Damti, Koma Kampana, Panbe), Gomnome (Mbeya, Gimbe, Koma Kadam, Laame, Youtubo), Ndera (Vomni, Doome, Doobe). A language cluster. 3 subdialects: Koma Vomni, Koma Beiya, and Koma Damti. Ndera and Gomnome speakers barely understand each other, but both understand Gomme. Related to Mom Jango. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Leko-Nimbari, Duru, Voko-Dowayo, Vere-Dowayo, Vere-Gimme, VereRead More
Kono[klk] 5,522 (2000 WCD). Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA, Kona village. Alternate names: Konu, Kwono. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, KauruRead More
Korop[krp] 10,248 in Nigeria (2000 WCD). Population total all countries: 17,686. Cross River State, Odukpani and Akampka LGAs. Also spoken in Cameroon. Alternate names: Ododop, Durop, Kurop. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Upper Cross, Kiong-KoropRead More
Kpan[kpk] 11,386 (2000 WCD). Taraba State, Wukari, Takum, and Sardauna LGAs, Kato Bagha, Wukari, Suntai, Gayan, Gindin Dutse, Likam. Alternate names: Yorda, Ibukwo, Kpwate, Hwaye, Hwaso, Nyatso, Kpanten, Ikpan, Abakan, Nyonyo. Dialects: Bissaula, Kumbo (Kpanzon), Takum, Donga (Akpanzhi), Apa, Kente (Kentu, Kyentu, Etkye), Eregba. Related to Icen. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Jukunoid, Central, Kpan-IcenRead More
Kpasam[pbn] 3,000. Adamawa State, Numan LGA, Kpasham town, on the Numan-Jalingo road. Alternate names: Passam, Kpasham, Nyisam, 'Balo. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Leko-Nimbari, Mumuye-Yandang, YandangRead More
Kudu-Camo[kov] 42 (1990 Michael Bross). Bauchi State, Ningi LGA. Alternate names: Kuda-Chamo, Kudawa. Dialects: Kudu (Kuda), Camo (Chamo). Related to Butu-Ningi. A dialect cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, Jera Nearly extinct.Read More
Kugama[kow] 5,000 (1995). Adamawa State, Fufore LGA. Alternate names: Kugamma, Wegam, Yamale, Yamalo. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Leko-Nimbari, Mumuye-Yandang, YandangRead More

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