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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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Language Decription
Yeskwa[yes] 13,000 (1973 SIL). Kaduna State, Jema'a LGARead More
Yiwom[gek] 14,050 (2000). Plateau State, Shendam and Langtang South LGAs. Alternate names: Gerka, Gerkawa, Gerkanchi, Gurka. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.3, YiwomRead More
Yoruba[yor] 18,850,000 in Nigeria (1993 Johnstone). Population total all countries: 19,327,000. Most of Oyo, Ogun, Ondo Osun, Kwara, and Lagos statesRead More
Yukuben[ybl] 15,000 in Nigeria (1992). Population total all countries: 15,950. Taraba State, Takum LGA, between the Katsina Ala and Gamana rivers. About 20 villages in Nigeria. Also spoken in Cameroon. Alternate names: Nyikuben, Nyikobe, Ayikiben, Boritsu, Balaabe, Balaaben, Oohum, Uuhum, Uuhum-Gigi, Uhumkhegi. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Jukunoid, Yukuben-KutebRead More
Zangwal[zah] 100 (1993). Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA. Alternate names: Zwangal, Twar. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.3, GuruntumRead More
Zari[zaz] 20,746 (2000 WCD). Population includes 20,000 Zakshi (1995 CAPRO), 1,000 Boto. Bauchi State, Toro, Dass, and Tafawa Balewa LGAs, and Plateau State. Alternate names: Zariwa. Dialects: Zakshi (Zaksa), Boto (Boot, Bibot), Zari (Kopti, Kwapm). In the Zari dialect cluster in the Barawa language cluster. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.3, Zaar ProperRead More
Zarma[dje] 87,800 in Nigeria (2000). Kebbi State, Argungu, Birnin Kebbi, and Bunza LGAsRead More
Zeem[zua] 1,708 (2000 WCD). Bauchi State, Toro LGA. Dialects: Zeem (Tulai), Danshe (Chaari), Lushi (Lukshi, Dokshi). The Zeem dialect cluster in the Barawa language cluster. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.3, Zaar ProperRead More
Zhire[zhi] Kaduna State, Kachia and Jema'a LGAs. Alternate names: Kenyi. Dialects: Related to Hyam. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, Western, Northwestern, HyamicRead More
Ziriya[zir] Bauchi State, Toro LGA, Kere and Ziriya. Alternate names: Jiriya. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, Jera Nearly extinct.Read More
Zizilivakan[ziz] Adamawa State, Mubi LGA, Jilbu town, near Cameroon border. Alternate names: Ziziliveken, Ziliva, Ŕmzírív, Fali of Jilbu. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.8Read More
Zumbun[jmb] 2,000 (1995 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Darazo LGA, Jimbim settlement. Alternate names: Jimbin, Jimbinawa. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.2Read More
Ajawa[ajw] Extinct. Bauchi State. Alternate names: Aja, Ajanci. Dialects: Related to Miya. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.2Read More
Auyokawa[auo] Extinct. Jigawa State, Keffin Hausa and Auyo LGAs. Alternate names: Auyakawa, Awiaka. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.1Read More
Basa-Gumna[bsl] Extinct. Niger State, Chanchaga LGARead More
Gamo-Ningi[bte] Extinct. Ethnic population: 15,000 (1992 Crozier and Blench). Bauchi State, Ningi LGA. Dialects: Gamo (Buta, Mbuta, Mbotu, Ba-Buche, Ba-Mbutu), Ningi. Formerly a dialect cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, JeraRead More
Holma[hod] Extinct. Adamawa State, north of Sorau on the Cameroon border. Alternate names: Da Holmaci, Bali Holma. Dialects: Related to Nzanyi. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.8Read More
Kpati[koc] Extinct. Taraba State, Wukari, Takum LGAs. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Wide Grassfields, Narrow Grassfields, Mbam-Nkam, NgembaRead More
Kubi[kof] Extinct. Ethnic population: 1,500 (1995 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Gunjawa LGA, Kubi town. Alternate names: Kuba, Kubawa. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.2, Bole, Bole ProperRead More
Mawa[wma] Extinct. Bauchi State, Toro LGA, possibly Mara village. Classification: UnclassifiedRead More

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