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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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Bangwinji[bsj] 6,000 (1992 Crozier and Blench). Bauchi State, Balanga, Billiri, and Kaltungo LGAs. Alternate names: Bangunji, Bangjinge. Dialects: Kaalo, Naaban. Noun class system is closer to Waja and Tula. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Waja-Jen, Waja, TulaRead More
Barikanchi[bxo] Classification: Pidgin, Hausa basedRead More
Basa[bzw] 100,000 (1973 SIL). Kogi State, Bassa and Ankpa LGAsRead More
Basa-Gurmana[buj] 2,000 (1987 Blench). Niger State, border of Rafi and Chanchaga LGAs, Kafin Gurmana. Alternate names: Koromba. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Western, BasaRead More
Bassa-Kontagora[bsr] 10 (1987). Ethnic population: 30,000. Niger State, Mariga LGA, northeast of Kontagora. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Western, Basa Nearly extinct.Read More
Bata[bta] 150,000 in Nigeria (1992). Population total all countries: 152,500. Adamawa State, Numan, Song, Fufore, and Mubi LGAs. Also spoken in Cameroon. Alternate names: Gbwata, Batta, Demsa Bata, Gboati, Gbwate, Bete, Birsa, Dunu. Dialects: Zumu (Zomo, Jimo), Wadi (Wa'i), Malabu, Kobotachi, Ribaw (Ribow), Demsa, Garoua (Garua), Jirai. Closely related languages: Bacama, Gude, Nzanyi, Vin, Fali, Zizilivakan. They have joined with the Bacama in the Bwatiye Association. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.8Read More
Batu[btu] 25,000. Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, several villages east of Baissa, below the Mambila escarpment. Dialects: Amanda-Afi, Angwe, Kamino. A language cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, TivoidRead More
Bauchi[bsf] 20,000 (1988 Blench). Niger State, Rafi and Shiroro LGAs. Alternate names: Bauci, Baushi, Kushi. Dialects: Wayam-Rubu, Madaka (Adeka), Supana. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Western, Baushi-GurmanaRead More
Beele[bxq] 120 (1922 Temple). Bauchi State, near the Bole, a few villages. Alternate names: Bele, Àbéélé, Bellawa. Dialects: A separate language from Bole. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.2, Bole, Bole ProperRead More
Begbere-Ejar[bqv] 35,000 (1972 Barrett). Population includes Ashe. Kaduna State, Kachia LGA, Plateau State, Keffi LGA. Alternate names: Koro Agwe, Agere, Koro Makama, Koro Myamya, Miamia, Miamiya. Dialects: Koron Panda, Koron Ache, Ejar. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, Western, Northwestern, KoroRead More
Bekwarra[bkv] 100,000 (1989 SIL). Cross River State, Ogoja LGA. Alternate names: Ebekwara, Bekworra, Yakoro. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, BendiRead More
Bena[yun] 95,000 (1992). Adamawa State, Guyuk, Gombi, and Song LGAs, new settlements along the road from Song to Yola. Alternate names: Ebina, Binna, Gbinna, Ebuna, Buna, Yongor, Yungur, Yangeru, Purra, "Lala". Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Waja-Jen, Yungur, Yungur-RobaRead More
Berom[bom] 300,000 (1993 SIL). Population includes Cen 2,000. Plateau State, Berakin Ladi and Jos LGAsRead More
Bete[byf] 50 (1992). Ethnic population: 3,000. Taraba State, Takum LGA, Bete town, at the foot of Bete mountain, south of Wukari. Dialects: Reported to have been close to Lufu. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Jukunoid Nearly extinct.Read More
Bete-Bendi[btt] 36,800 (1963). Cross River State, Obudu LGA. Alternate names: Bette-Bendi, Dama. Dialects: Bete (Bette, Mbete), Bendi. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, BendiRead More
Bile[bil] 30,000 (1992). East of Numan, along Benue River, Adamawa State, Numan LGAs, southwest of Numan. Alternate names: Bille, Billanchi, Kunbille, Bili. Dialects: Related to Mbula-Bwazza. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Jarawan, NigerianRead More
Bina[byj] 7,000 (2000). Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA. Alternate names: Bogana, Binawa. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, KauruRead More
Biseni[ije] 4,800 (1977 Voegelin and Voegelin). Bayelsa State, Biseni-Okordia LGA. Alternate names: Buseni, Amegi, Northeast Central Ijo. Dialects: Not fully intelligible with other languages in the Ijo language cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Ijoid, Ijo, Inland IjoRead More
Bitare[brt] 113,862 in Nigeria (2000 WCD). Population total all countries: 119,896. Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, near Baissa. Also spoken in Cameroon. Alternate names: Njwande, Yukutare. Dialects: Close to Abong. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, TivoidRead More
Boga[bvw] 10,000 (1990 Blench). Adamawa State, Gombi LGA. Alternate names: Boka. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.1, EasternRead More

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