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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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Vemgo-Mabas[vem] 10,000 in Nigeria (1993). Population total all countries: 15,000. Adamawa State, Michika LGA, Madagali District. Also spoken in Cameroon. Dialects: Vemgo, Mabas, Visik (Vizik). 56% intelligibility of Lamang, 36% intelligibility of Hedi. Possibly intelligible with Mafa. Lexical similarity 78% with Hide, 64% with Lamang, 50% with Gvoko. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.4, LamangRead More
Viti[vit] Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, Antere. Alternate names: Vötö. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Wide Grassfields, Narrow Grassfields, UnclassifiedRead More
Vono[kch] 500 (1973 SIL). Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA. Alternate names: Kiballo, Kiwollo. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, KauruRead More
Voro[vor] Adamawa State, Guyuk and Song LGAs, south of the Dumne road, Waltande and associated hamlets. Alternate names: Ebina, Ebuna, Buna, Bena, Woro, Yungur. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Waja-Jen, Yungur, Yungur-RobaRead More
Vute[vut] 1,000 in Nigeria (1973 SIL). Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, Northeast Mambila Plateau. Alternate names: Mbute, Mbutere, Bute, Wute, Fute, Buti, Babute, Mfuti, Wetere, Vutere. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Northern, Mambiloid, Suga-Vute, VuteRead More
Waja[wja] 60,000 (1989 Kleinewillinghöfer). Gombe State, Balanga, Akko, Yamaltu Deba LGAsRead More
Waka[wav] 5,000 (1992). Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Leko-Nimbari, Mumuye-Yandang, MumuyeRead More
Wandala[mfi] 20,000 in Nigeria (1993). Population includes 10,000 Gamargu, 9,300 Kirawa. Borno State, Damboa, Bama, Gwoza, and Konduga LGAs. Alternate names: Mandara, Ndara. Dialects: Kamburwama, Masfeima, Jampalam, Ziogba, Mazagwa, Gwanje, Gamargu (Gamergu, Malgo, Malgwa), Kirawa. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.4, Mandara Proper, MandaraRead More
Wannu[jub] 4,000. A few thousand (1998 Storch). Gongola State, Makurdi Division, Iharev District at Abinsi town. Alternate names: Awannu, Abinsi, Jukun Abinsi, River Jukun. Dialects: A member of the Kororofa language cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Jukunoid, Central, Jukun-Mbembe-Wurbo, KororofaRead More
Wapan[juk] 100,000 (1994 UBS). Taraba State, Wukari LGARead More
Wãpha[juw] 1,605 (2000 WCD). Plateau State, Shendam, Wase LGA, Wase Tofa village, and Kumbur village, Langtang LGA. Alternate names: Wase, Wase Tofa. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Jukunoid, Central, Jukun-Mbembe-Wurbo, JukunRead More
Warji[wji] 77,665 (2000 WCD). Bauchi State, Ningi LGARead More
Wom[wom] 5,000 (1989 Blench). Adamawa State, Fufore LGA. Alternate names: Pere, Perema, Pereba. Dialects: Close to Samba Leko. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Leko-Nimbari, LekoRead More
Yace[ekr] 50,000 (2002). Cross River State, Yala Local Government Area, Osina, Imbuor, Aliforkpa (Ewor), Wonyer, Maa (formerly Ijiegu). Alternate names: Yache, Yatye, Iyace, Ekpari. Dialects: Alifokpa, Ijiegu. Lexical similarity 84% with Akpa. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Idomoid, Yatye-AkpaRead More
Yala[yba] 50,000 (1973 SIL). Cross River State, Ogoja, Obubra, and Ikom LGAs. Alternate names: Iyala. Dialects: Nkum (Yala Ikom), Nkum Akpambe (Yala Obubra), Yala Ogoja. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Idomoid, Akweya, Etulo-Idoma, IdomaRead More
Yamba[yam] Few speakers in Nigeria (1990 Blench). Taraba State, Sardauna and Gashaka LGAs, Antere, and other border villages. Alternate names: Mbem, "Kaka". Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Wide Grassfields, Narrow Grassfields, Mbam-Nkam, NkambeRead More
Yangkam[bsx] 100 (1996 Blench). Plateau State, Kanam, Langtang, and Wase LGAs, west of Bashar, 25 km north of Jarme on the Amper-Bashar road. 4 villages: Tukur, Bayar, Pyaksam, and KiramRead More
Yedina[bdm] 3,000 in Nigeria. Borno State, on islands in Lake Chad. Alternate names: Boudouma, Buduma, Yedana, Yedima, Yidana. Dialects: Buduma, Kuri (Kouri, Kakaa). Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, B, B.1, BudumaRead More
Yekhee[ets] 274,000 (1995 UBS). Edo State, Etsako, Agbako, and Okpebho LGAs. Alternate names: Etsako, Etsakor, Afenmai, Iyekhee, "Kukuruku". Dialects: Auchi, Uzairue, South Ibie (South Ivbie), Uwepa-Uwano (Weppa Wano), Avianwu (Fugar), Aviele, Ivhiadaobi, Ekperi. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, North-Central, Ghotuo-Uneme-YekheeRead More
Yendang[yen] 62,640 (1987). Adamawa State, Mayo Belwa and Numan LGAsRead More

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