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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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Doka[dbi] 11,386 (2000 WCD). Kaduna State, Kachia LGA, 1 village. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, NorthernRead More
Doko-Uyanga[uya] 200. Cross River State, Akamkpa LGA, several villages. Alternate names: Uyanga, Dosanga, Basanga, Iko. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Upper Cross, Agoi-Doko-IyoniyongRead More
Dong[doh] 5,000 (1998 Blench). Taraba State, Zing LGARead More
Duguri[dbm] 20,000 (1995 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Alkaleri and Tafawa Balewa LGAsRead More
Duguza[dza] 2,000 (1973 SIL). Bauchi State, Toro LGARead More
Duhwa[kbz] 800 (1973 SIL). Nasarawa State, Akwanga LGA, Kerifa village. Alternate names: Karfa, Kerifa, Nzuhwi. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.4, Ron ProperRead More
Dulbu[dbo] 100 (1993). Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA, Dulbu village southeast of Bauchi town. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Jarawan, NigerianRead More
Dungu[dbv] 1,104 (2000 WCD). Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA, Dungi town. Alternate names: Dungi, Dingi, Dwingi, Dunjawa. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, KauruRead More
Duwai[dbp] 11,386 (2000 WCD). Yobe State, Bade LGARead More
Dza[jen] 20,131 (2000 WCD). Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA, and Adamawa State, Numan LGA, Jen town, east of Karim-Lamido town, south of Bambuka town, by the Benue River bank. Alternate names: Janjo, Jenjo, Jen. Dialects: Kaigama, Laredo (Ardido), Jaule (Joole). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Waja-Jen, JenRead More
Dzodinka[add] Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, 1 village on the Cameroon border. Alternate names: Adere, Adiri. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Wide Grassfields, Narrow Grassfields, Mbam-Nkam, NkambeRead More
Ebira[igb] 1,000,000 (1989 J. Adive). About 90% are monolingual. Kwara State, Okene, Okehi, and Kogi LGAsRead More
Ebughu[ebg] 5,000 (1988). Akwa Ibom State, Mbo and Oron LGAs. Alternate names: Oron. Dialects: Listed separately in Crozier and Blench 1992. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Lower Cross, Obolo, EbughuRead More
Edo[bin] 1,000,000 (1999 WA). Bendel State, Ovia, Oredo, and Orhionmwon LGAs. Alternate names: Bini, Benin, Addo, Oviedo, Ovioba. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, North-Central, Edo-Esan-OraRead More
Efai[efa] 6,319 in Nigeria (2000 WCD). Population total all countries: 7,212. Akwa Ibom State, Mbo LGA. Also spoken in Cameroon. Alternate names: Effiat. Dialects: Listed separately in Crozier and Blench 1992. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Lower Cross, Obolo, EfaiRead More
Efik[efi] 400,000 (1998). Cross River State, Calabar Municipality, Odukpani and Akamkpa LGAsRead More
Efutop[ofu] 10,000 (1973 SIL). Cross River State, Ikom LGA. Alternate names: Ofutop, Agbaragba. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, EkoidRead More
Eggon[ego] 140,368 (1990). Nasarawa State, Nasarawa Eggon, Akwanga, Lafia, Awe, and Obi LGAs. Alternate names: Egon, Mo Egon, Mada Eggon, Hill Mada, Mada Dutse. Dialects: 25 dialects are locally recognized, but their status is unclear. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, Western, Southwestern, BRead More
Ehueun[ehu] 14,244 (2000 WCD). Ondo State, Akoko South LGA. Alternate names: Ekpimi, Ekpenmen, Epimi. Dialects: Related to Ukue. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, Northwestern, OsseRead More
Ejagham[etu] 67,281 in Nigeria (2000 WCD). Population total all countries: 116,675. Cross River State, Akampka, Idom, Odukpani, Calabar LGAs. Also spoken in Cameroon. Alternate names: Ekoi. Dialects: Southern Ejagham (Ekin, Qua, Kwa, Aqua, Abakpa), Western Ejagham, Eastern Ejagham. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, EkoidRead More

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