Search Site: OnlineNigeria

Close
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/.)

View All | View Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27

Language Decription
Odut[oda] 20 (1980s, from Blench 2000). Cross River State, Odukpani LGA. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Upper Cross, Kiong-Korop Nearly extinct.Read More
Ogbah[ogc] 170,000 (1993 A. Ahiamadu). Rivers State, Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni LGA, northern Niger Delta. Alternate names: Ogba. Dialects: Egnih, Igburu-Usomini. A member of the Igbo language cluster. Lexical similarity 81% to 94% among dialectsRead More
Ogbia[ogb] 200,000 (1989). Bayelsa State, Brass LGA. Alternate names: Ogbinya. Dialects: Agholo (Kolo), Oloibiri, Anyama. Dialect cluster but all inherently intelligible. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Central DeltaRead More
Ogbogolo[ogg] 10,000 (1995). Rivers State, Ahoada LGA, 1 town. Alternate names: Obogolo. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Central DeltaRead More
Ogbronuagum[ogu] 12,000 (2000 E. Kari). Ethnic population: 12,000 (2000 E. Kari). Rivers State, Degema LGA, Bukuma village near Buguma. Alternate names: Bukuma. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Central DeltaRead More
Okobo[okb] 50,000 (1991 Connell). Akwa Ibom State, Okobo LGA. Dialects: Possibly two dialects. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Lower Cross, Obolo, OkoboRead More
Okodia[okd] 3,600 (1977 Voegelin and Voegelin). Bayelsa State, Yenagoa LGA. Alternate names: Okordia, Akita. Dialects: Not fully intelligible with Biseni or other Ijo languages. Speakers tend to learn Kolokuma for wider communication. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Ijoid, Ijo, West, Inland IjoRead More
Oko-Eni-Osayen[oks] 10,000 (1989 Williamson). Population includes 4,000 in Ogori, 3,000 in Magongo, 3,000 in Eni. Kogi State, Okene LGA, Ogori and Magongo towns, ten miles south southwest of Okene. Alternate names: Oko, Ogori-Magongo. Dialects: Oko (Ogori, Uku), Osayen (Magongo, Osanyin), Eni. A dialect cluster. It seems to be equally distantly related to Yoruba, Ebira, Edo, Igbo, and Idoma. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, OkoRead More
Okpamheri[opa] 30,000 (1973 SIL). Edo State, Akoko-Edo LGA. Alternate names: Opameri. Dialects: Okulosho (Okurosho), Western Okpamheri, Emhalhe (Emarle, Somorika, Semolika). Subdialects of Okulosho: Ojirami (Eekunu), Dagbala (Dangbala), Oja (Oza), Makeke (Uuma), Oma. Subdialects of Western Okpamheri: Ekpe, Bekuma, Lankpese (Lampese, Lankpeshi), Imoga (Imorga, Uma), Eko (Ekon, Ekor), Ikaran-Oke (Ikeram-Oke), Ebunn-Oke, Ikaran-Ele (Ikeran-Ile), Ebunn-Ugbo, Ikpesa, Igbo-Ola-Sale (Ugboshi-Sale), Aiyegunle (Oshi), Igbo-Ola-Oke (Ugboshi-Oke), Onumo (Onumu), Ogugu, Ogbe-Sale, Ogbe-Oke. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, Northwestern, SouthernRead More
Okpe[oke] 25,425 (2000 WCD). Edo State, Okpe LGA. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, SouthwesternRead More
Okpe[okx] 8,700 (2004). Edo State, Akoko-Edo LGA. Dialects: Related to Oloma. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, Northwestern, SouthernRead More
Oloma[olm] Edo State, Akoko-Edo LGA. Dialects: Related to Okpe-Idesa-Akuku. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, Northwestern, SouthernRead More
Olulumo-Ikom[iko] 30,000 (1989 Faraclas). Population includes 5,000 Olulumo, 25,000 Ikom. Cross River State, Ikom LGA. May also be in Cameroon. Alternate names: Lulumo. Dialects: Okuni, Olulumo, Ikom. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Upper Cross, Central, East-West, IkomRead More
Oring[org] 75,000 (1989). Population includes 12,300 Ufia, 3,000 Effium, 6,350 Okpoto (1955 R. G. Armstrong). Benue State, Okpokwu LGARead More
Oro[orx] 75,000 (1989). Akwa-Ibom State, Oron LGA. Alternate names: Oron. Dialects: Some dialect variation. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Lower Cross, Obolo, OroRead More
Oruma[orr] 5,000 (1995). Bayelsa State, Ogbia LGA, towns of Oruma and Ibelebiri. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Ijoid, Ijo, West, Inland IjoRead More
Ososo[oso] 19,038 (2000 WCD). Edo State, Akoko-Edo LGA. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, North-Central, Ghotuo-Uneme-YekheeRead More
Otank[uta] 3,000 (1973 SIL). Cross River State, Obudu LGARead More
Pa'a[pqa] 8,000 (1995 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Ningi and Bauchi LGAs. Alternate names: Afawa, Afanci, Pala, Pa'awa, Fa'awa, Foni, Afa, Fucaka. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.2Read More
Pangseng[pgs] Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA. Dialects: Pangseng, Komo, Jega. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Leko-Nimbari, Mumuye-Yandang, MumuyeRead More

Latest News