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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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Fali of Baissa[fah] Few speakers left (1992 Crozier and Blench). Southern Taraba State, Falinga Plateau Region. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Unclassified Nearly extinct.Read More
Fam[fam] 1,000 (1984). Taraba State, Bali LGA, 17 km east of Kungana. Dialects: Not closely related to other languages. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Northern, FamRead More
Firan[fir] 2,500 (2003 Blench). Plateau State, Barkin Ladi LGA, Kwakwi Station south of Jos. Alternate names: Faran, Foron, Yes Firan, Kwakwi. Dialects: Related to Izere. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, Central, IzericRead More
Fulfulde, Adamawa[fub] 7,611,000 includes all Fulfulde in Nigeria (1991 SIL). East central Nigeria, Taraba and Adamawa States, center in Yola. Alternate names: Eastern Fulfulde, Fulatanchi, Fulani, Fula, Fillanci. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Atlantic, Northern, Senegambian, Fulani-Wolof, Fula, EasternRead More
Fulfulde, Benin-Togo[fue] South and west of the Niger River, from the corner where Nigeria, Niger, and Benin meet, down to about 50 km south of where a big tributary joins the Niger River from the east, and following the Niger River south to the delta. The southern boundary is a rough east-west line from a point below the intersection of the rivers to about 75 km south of the angle in the Benin-Nigeria border, where the border bends from almost straight north-south to about 30 km nearly due east. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Atlantic, Northern, Senegambian, Fulani-Wolof, Fula, West CentralRead More
Fulfulde, Nigerian[fuv] 1,707,926 in Nigeria (2000 WCD). Population includes 340,000 in Sokoto. Kano-Katsina dialect is spoken in the area of Kano, Katsina, Zaria, Jos Plateau and southeast to BauchiRead More
Fum[fum] Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, Antere, on the Cameroon border. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Wide Grassfields, Narrow GrassfieldsRead More
Fungwa[ula] 1,000 (1992 Blench). Niger State, Rafi LGA. Alternate names: Tufungwa, Afungwa, Ura, Ula. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Western, KamukuRead More
Fyam[pym] 3,000. Plateau State, Jos, Barkin Ladi, and Mangu LGAs. Alternate names: Fyem, Pyem, Paiem, Gyem, Fem, Pem, Genawa, Gyema. Dialects: Closest to Horom. Chadic influence. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, SoutheasternRead More
Fyer[fie] 26,131 (2000 WCD). Plateau State, Mangu LGA, Fyer District. Alternate names: Fier. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.4, FyerRead More
Gaa[ttb] 10,000 (1997 Boyd). Adamawa State, Ganye LGARead More
Ga'anda[gqa] 43,000 (1992). Adamawa State, Gombi LGA. Some also in Song, Guyuk, and Mubi LGAs, and Borno State, Biu LGA. Alternate names: Ga'andu, Ganda, Mokar, Makwar. Dialects: Ga'anda, Gabin. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.1, EasternRead More
Gade[ged] 72,100 (2000). Federal Capital Territory and Nasarawa State, Nasarawa LGA. Alternate names: Gede. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Nupoid, Ebira-GadeRead More
Galambu[glo] Ethnic population: 21,622 (2000 WCD). Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA. Alternate names: Galambi, Galambe, Galembi. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.2, Bole, Bole ProperRead More
Gbagyi[gbr] 700,000 (1991 SIL). Niger State, Rafi, Chanchaga, Shiroro, Suleija LGAsRead More
Gbari[gby] 350,000 (2002 SIL). From Zungeru in Niger State to the Kaduna River in the north, southeast through Minna and Paiko to a little past Kwali in the Federal Capital Territory. Niger State, Chanchaga, Suleija, Agaie, Rafi, and Lapai LGAsRead More
Gbaya, Northwest[gya] Very few speakers in Nigeria. Taraba State, Bali LGA. Alternate names: Baya. Dialects: Gbeya (Gbea). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Ubangi, Gbaya-Manza-Ngbaka, NorthwestRead More
Gbiri-Niragu[grh] 25,000 (2000). Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA. Alternate names: Gure-Kahugu. Dialects: Gbiri (Igbiri, Agari, Agbiri, Gura, Gure), Niragu (Kahugu, Kapugu, Kafugu, Kagu, Anirago). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, KauruRead More
Geji[gji] 6,000 (1995 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Toro LGA. Alternate names: Gezawa, Gejawa, Kayauri. Dialects: Bolu (Magang, Pelu), Geji (Gyaazi, Gezawa, Gaejawa), Zaranda (Buu). Geji dialect cluster, in Barawa language cluster. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.3, Zaar ProperRead More
Gengle[geg] 4,000. Adamawa State, Mayo Belwa and Fufore LGAs. Alternate names: Wegele, Momu, Yagele. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Leko-Nimbari, Mumuye-Yandang, MumuyeRead More

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