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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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Ekajuk[eka] 30,000 (1986 Asinya). Cross River State, Ogoja LGA, Bansara, Nwang, Ntara 1, 2, and 3, and Ebanibim towns. Alternate names: Akajo, Akajuk. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, EkoidRead More
Eki[eki] 5,000 (1988, in Crozier and Blench 1992:36). Cross River State, northeast of Efik, south of Idere. Dialects: Listed separately in Crozier and Blench 1992. Probably Central Lower Cross, related to Anaang. Close to Idere (B. Connell 1998). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Lower Cross, OboloRead More
Ekit[eke] 200,000 (1989). Akwa Ibom State, Uquo Ibeno and Eket LGAs. Alternate names: Eket. Dialects: Listed separately in Crozier and Blench 1992. Some dialect variation. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Lower Cross, Obolo, EkitRead More
Ekpeye[ekp] 30,000 (1973 SIL). Rivers State, Ahoada East and Ahoada West LGAs. Alternate names: Ekpabya, Ekkpahia, Ekpaffia. Dialects: Ako, Upata, Ubye, Igbuduya. Related to Igbo. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Igboid, EkpeyeRead More
Eleme[elm] 58,000 (1990 UBS). Rivers State, Eleme LGA. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Ogoni, WestRead More
Eloyi[afo] 25,000 (2000 SIL). Plateau State, Awe and Nasarawa LGAsRead More
Emai-Iuleha-Ora[ema] 100,000 (1987 Schaefer). Edo State, Owan LGA. Alternate names: Kunibum, Ivbiosakon. Dialects: Ivhimion, Emai, Iuleha, Ora. Dialect cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, North-Central, Edo-Esan-OraRead More
Engenni[enn] 20,000 (1980 UBS). Rivers State, Ahoada West LGARead More
English[eng] Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, EnglishRead More
Enwan[enw] 15,000 (1998 B. Connell). Akwa Ibom State, Mbo LGA. 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, Enwang-UdaRead More
Enwan[env] Edo State, Akoko-Edo LGA. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, North-Central, Ghotuo-Uneme-YekheeRead More
Epie[epi] 12,000 (1973 SIL). Bayelsa State, Yenagoa LGA. Alternate names: Epie-Atissa. Dialects: Atisa (Atissa). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, DeltaRead More
Eruwa[erh] 64,000 (2004). Delta State, Isoko LGA. Alternate names: Erohwa, Erakwa, Arokwa. Dialects: Related to Urhobo. Not intelligible with any Isoko dialect. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, SouthwesternRead More
Esan[ish] 200,000 (1973 SIL). Population includes 7,000 Ekpon in 7 villages (1998). Edo State, Agbazko, Okpebho, Owan, and Etsako LGAs. Alternate names: Ishan, Isa, Esa, Anwain. Dialects: Ekpon, Igueben. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, North-Central, Edo-Esan-OraRead More
Etebi[etb] 15,000 (1989). Akwa Ibom State, Uquo Ibeno LGA. Dialects: Listed separately in Crozier and Blench 1992. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Lower Cross, Obolo, EkitRead More
Eten[etx] 40,000 (2003 Blench). Plateau State, Barakin Ladi LGARead More
Etkywan[ich] 50,167 (2000 WCD). Taraba State, Takum, Sardauna, Bali, and part of Wukari LGAs. Alternate names: Icen, Ichen, Itchen, Etekwe, Kyato, Kyanton, Kentu, Nyidu. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Jukunoid, Central, Kpan-IcenRead More
Etulo[utr] 10,000 (1988 Shain). Benue State, Gboko LGARead More
Evant[bzz] 10,000 in Nigeria (1996 SIL). Population total all countries: 11,000. Cross River State, Obudu LGA. Also spoken in Cameroon. Alternate names: Evand, Avand, Avande, Ovand, Ovande, Ovando, Balegete, Belegete. Dialects: Lexical similarity 50% with Iceve-Maci, Tiv, and Otank. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, TivoidRead More
Fali[fli] 20,000 (1990 in Crozier and Blench 1992:39). Population includes 5,000 or fewer in Vin dialect. Adamawa State, Mubi and Michika LGAs, 4 principal villages. Alternate names: Fali of Mubi, Fali of Muchella, Vimtim, Yimtim. Dialects: Vin (Uroovin, Uvin, Vimtim), Huli (Bahuli, Urahuli), Madzarin (Ura Madzarin, Muchella), Bween (Urambween, Bagira). Dialects are named after villages. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.8Read More

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