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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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Mada[mda] 100,000 (1993 SIL). Plateau State, Akwanga and Keffi LGAsRead More
Mafa[maf] 4,907 in Nigeria (2000 WCD). Borno State, Gwoza LGA. Alternate names: "Matakam", Natakan, Bulahai, Bula. Dialects: Mafa. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.5Read More
Mághdì[gmd] 2,000 (1992). Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA, a section of the Widala. Alternate names: Tala, Widala. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Waja-Jen, JenRead More
Mak[pbl] 5,693 (2000 WCD). Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA, northeast of Karim Lamido town, off the Banbuka to Karim-Lamido road. Alternate names: Panyam, Panya, Leemak, Lemak, Zo. Dialects: Panya, Zo. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Waja-Jen, JenRead More
Mala[ruy] 6,627 (2000 WCD). Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA. Alternate names: Rumaya, Rumaiya, Amala, Tumala. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, KauruRead More
Mama[mma] 20,000 (1973 SIL). Nasarawa State, Akwanga LGA. Alternate names: Kantana, Kwarra. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Jarawan, NigerianRead More
Mambila, Nigeria[mzk] 99,000 (1993). Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, Mambila Plateau. Alternate names: Mambilla, Mabila, Mambere, Nor, Nor Tagbo, Lagubi, Tongbo, Bang. Dialects: Barup. Nearly every village has a separate dialect, forming a chain. Dialect centers are Bang, Dorofi, Gembu, Hainari, Kabri, Mayo Ndaga, Mbamnga, Tamien, Tepo, Warwar. Close to Mambila of Cameroon. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Northern, Mambiloid, Mambila-Konja, MambilaRead More
Mangas[zns] 100 (1995 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA. Mangas town. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.3, BoghomRead More
Marghi Central[mrt] 135,000 in Marghi Central, Marghi South, and Putai languages (1999). Borno State, Askira-Uba and Damboa LGAsRead More
Marghi South[mfm] Borno State, Askira-Uba LGARead More
Mashi[jms] 1,000. Taraba State, near Takum. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, BeboidRead More
Mbe[mfo] 14,300 (1973 SIL). Cross River State, Ogoja LGA. Alternate names: Western Mbube, Ketuen. Dialects: Idum, Ikumtale, Odaje. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, MbeRead More
Mbembe, Cross River[mfn] 100,000 (1982 UBS). Cross River State, Obubra and Ikom LGAsRead More
Mbembe, Tigon[nza] 20,000 in Nigeria (1987). Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, Kurmi District. Alternate names: Akonto, Akwanto, Tigon, Tigong, Tigim, Tukun, Noale. Dialects: Ashuku (Kitsipki), Nama (Dama, Namu, Nzare, Kporo, Eneeme). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Jukunoid, Central, Jukun-Mbembe-Wurbo, MbembeRead More
Mboi[moi] 19,000 (1992). Adamawa State, Song, Fufore, and Gombi LGAs. Alternate names: Mboire, Mboyi, Gena. Dialects: Banga, Mboi, Handa. Dialect cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Waja-Jen, Yungur, MboiRead More
Mbongno[bgu] 3,000 in Nigeria (1999 Blench and Connell). Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, Kakara town. Also spoken in Cameroon. Alternate names: Bungnu, Bunu, Bungun, Gbunhu, Kakaba, Kamkam. Dialects: Several minor dialects. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Northern, Mambiloid, Mambila-Konja, Magu-Kamkam-KilaRead More
Mbula-Bwazza[mbu] 40,558 (2000 WCD). Population includes 10,000 Bwazza, 20,000 Tambo, 5,000 to 10,000 Mbula. Adamawa State, Numan, Guyuk, Song, Demsa LGAs. Dialects: Bwazza (Bwaza, Bwa'za, Bare, Bere, Tambo), Mbula. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Jarawan, NigerianRead More
Mburku[bbt] 12,000 (2000). Bauchi State, Darazo LGA. Alternate names: Barke, Barko, Burkanawa, Lipkawa, Mburkanci, Wudufu, Kariya Wuufu. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.2Read More
Mingang Doso[mko] 3,000 (1995 SIL). Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA, 15 km east of Karim Lamido town. 1 village and associated hamlets. Alternate names: Munga Doso, Ngwai Mungàn, Doso. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Waja-Jen, JenRead More
Miship[mjs] 6,000 (1976 SIL). Plateau State, Pankshin, Mangu, Shendam LGAs. Alternate names: Chip, Cip, Ship. Dialects: Doka. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.3, Angas Proper, 1Read More

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