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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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Boghom[bux] 50,000 (1973 SIL). Plateau State, Kanam, Wase, and Shendam LGAs. Alternate names: Bogghom, Bohom, Burom, Burum, Burrum, Burma, Borrom, Boghorom, Bokiyim. Dialects: Related to Mangas. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.3, BoghomRead More
Boko[bqc] 40,000 in Nigeria (1995 R. Jones). Niger State, Borgu LGARead More
Bokobaru[bus] 30,000 (1997 Jones). Population includes 6,000 in Kaiama, 24,000 in other villages. Kwara State, primarily Kaiama LGA, some in Baruten LGA. 35 villages. Alternate names: Busa-Bokobaru, Zongben, Zgbe. Dialects: Kaiama, Village Bokobaru. Speakers of Kaiama and dialect in other villages have good inherent intelligibility of each other's dialects. The Bokobaru variety is distinct enough to require separate literature from Boko of Benin. The Busa variety of Nigeria may also require separate literature. Lexical similarity 86% with Boko, 91% with Busa, 53% with Kyenga, 50% with Bissa of Burkina Faso and Ghana. Classification: Niger-Congo, Mande, Eastern, Eastern, BusaRead More
Bokyi[bky] 140,000 in Nigeria (1989 SIL). Population total all countries: 143,700. Cross River State, Ikom, Obudu, and Ogoja LGAs. Also spoken in Cameroon. Alternate names: Boki, Nki, Okii, Uki, Nfua, Osikom, Osukam, Vaaneroki. Dialects: Basua (Bashua), Irruan (Erwan, Eerwee), Boje (Bojie), Kwakwagom, Nsadop, Osokom, Wula (Baswo, Okundi, Kecwan), Oku, Boorim, Oyokom, Abo (Abu), Eastern Bokyi (East Boki). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, BendiRead More
Bole[bol] 100,000 (1990). Bauchi State, Dukku, Alkaleri, and Darazo LGAsRead More
Bo-Rukul[mae] 2,000 (1999 R. Blench). Population includes 1,000 in each dialect. Plateau State, Bokkos LGA, Barkul, Mabo, Richa, Mwa villages. Alternate names: Mabo-Barkul, Mabo-Barukul, "Kaleri". Dialects: Bo, Rukul. A language cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, SoutheasternRead More
Bu[jid] 6,000 (1999 R. Blench). Population includes 4,000 Bu and 2,000 Ninkada. Nasarawa State, Akwanga LGA, 4 villages. Alternate names: Jida-Abu, Jidda-Abu, Jida, Ibut, Nakare. Dialects: Bu (Abu), Ninkada (Jida). The 2 dialects are ethnically and geographically distinct, but linguistically similar. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, NinzicRead More
Bukwen[buz] 1,000. Taraba State, near Takum, 1 village. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, BeboidRead More
Bumaji[byp] 11,386 (2000 WCD). Cross River State, Obudu LGA, Bumaji town. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, BendiRead More
Burak[bys] 4,000 (1992 Crozier and Blench). Bauchi State, Billiri and Kaltungo LGAs, Burak town. Alternate names: Buurak. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Waja-Jen, JenRead More
Bura-Pabir[bwr] 250,000 (1987 UBS). Population includes 200,000 Pabir (1993). 32,000 in Adamawa State (1992). Borno State, Biu and Askira-Uba LGAsRead More
Bure[bvh] 500. Bauchi State, Darazo LGA, one village southeast of Darazo town. Alternate names: Bubure. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.2, BoleRead More
Buru[bqw] 1,000. Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, east of Baissa, a village near Batu. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, UnclassifiedRead More
Busa[bqp] 20,000 (1998 Ross Jones SIM). Niger State, Borgu LGA, Kebbi State, Bagudo LGA, 35 villages. Alternate names: Bis, Bisay, Busa-Bis, Busano, Bussanchi. Dialects: New Busa, Wawa, Illo. The two dialects are inherently intelligible to each other's speakers. Busa has more prestige, but Wawa viewed as purer, and used for literature. New Busa has Hausa-influenced phonology. Illo Busa has Boko influence. Other Busa languages (Boko, Bokobaru) require separate literature. Lexical similarity 91% with Bokobaru, 85% with Boko, 54% with Kyenga, 50% with Bissa in Burkina Faso. Classification: Niger-Congo, Mande, Eastern, Eastern, BusaRead More
Cakfem-Mushere[cky] 5,000 (1990 SIL). Plateau State, Mangu LGA. Alternate names: Chakfem, Chokfem. Dialects: Kadim-Kaban, Jajura. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.3, Angas Proper, 1Read More
Cara[cfd] 3,000 (1999 R. Blench). Plateau State, Bassa LGA, Teriya village. Alternate names: Chara, Fachara, Nfachara, Fakara, Pakara, Tera, Teriya, Terri, Tariya. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, Central, North-CentralRead More
Centm[cet] 200 (1992 Crozier and Blench). Bauchi State, Balanga LGA, Cham town, among the Dijim. Alternate names: Cen Tuum. Classification: Language IsolateRead More
Che[ruk] 100,000 (2003 Blench). Plateau State, Bassa LGA. Alternate names: Rukuba, Kuche, Bache, Inchazi, Sale. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, Western, Southwestern, ARead More
Cibak[ckl] 100,000 (1993 CAPRO). Borno State, Damboa LGA. Alternate names: Chibuk, Chibok, Chibbak, Chibbuk, Kyibaku, Kibbaku, Kikuk. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.2, 1Read More
Cinda-Regi-Tiyal[cdr] 30,000 (1995 S. and S. Dettweiler). Niger State, Chanchaga, Rafi, and Mariga LGAsRead More

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