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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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Gera[gew] 200,000 (1995 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Bauchi and Ganjuwa LGAs, Bauchi town. Alternate names: Gerawa. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.2, Bole, Bole ProperRead More
Geruma[gea] 9,029 (2000 WCD). Bauchi State, Toro, Ganjuwa, Bauchi, and Southjern Ningi LGAs. Alternate names: Gerema, Germa. Dialects: Sum, Duurum. Gamsawa (Gamshi) mentioned by Temple (1922) could be another dialect. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.2, Bole, Bole ProperRead More
Ghotuo[aaa] 9,000 (1994). Edo State, Owan, and Akoko-Edo LGAs. Alternate names: Otwa, Otuo. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, North-Central, Ghotuo-Uneme-YekheeRead More
Gibanawa[gib] Sokoto State, Jega LGA, near the Dukawa. Alternate names: Gembanawa, Gimbanawa, Jega. Dialects: Hausa-speaking Fulani. Classification: Pidgin, Hausa basedRead More
Giiwo[kks] 14,000 (1998 SIL). Bauchi State, Alkaleri, Bauchi, and Darazo LGAs. Alternate names: Bu Giiwo, Kirfi, Kirifi, Kirifawa. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.2, Bole, Bole ProperRead More
Glavda[glw] 28,465 in Nigeria (2000 WCD). Population total all countries: 31,265. Borno State, Gwoza LGA, mainly in Nggoshe village (different from Ngoshi), and in Agapalawa, Amuda, Vale, Ashigashiya, Kerawa, Pelekwa villages. Also spoken in Cameroon. Alternate names: Galavda, Gelebda, Glanda, Guelebda, Galvaxdaxa. Dialects: Bokwa, Ngoshie (Ngweshe), Glavda. Close to Guduf. Wolff (1971) separates Glavda from Guduf and Gvoko. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.4, Mandara Proper, GlavdaRead More
Goemai[ank] 200,000 (1995). Plateau State, ShendamRead More
Gokana[gkn] 100,000 (1989). Rivers State, Gokana LGA. Dialects: Bodo, Bomu, Dere, Kibangha. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Ogoni, EastRead More
Gude[gde] 68,000 in Nigeria (1987). Population total all countries: 96,000. Adamawa State, Mubi LGARead More
Gudu[gdu] 5,000 (1993). Adamawa State, Song LGA. Alternate names: Gudo, Gutu. Dialects: Kumbi. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.8Read More
Guduf-Gava[gdf] 55,918 (2000 WCD). Borno State, Gwoza LGA, mainly in Gava, Cikide, and Guduf. Alternate names: Gudupe, Afkabiye. Dialects: Cikide (Chikide), Guduf, Gava (Yaghwatadaxa, Yawotataxa). Close to Glavda. Hedi speakers have 35% intelligibility of Guduf. Wolff (1971) separates Guduf from Gvoko and Glavda. Lexical similarity 56% with Hedi, 50% with Lamang and Mabas. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.4, Mandara Proper, GlavdaRead More
Gun[guw] 258,804 in Nigeria (2000 WCD). Lagos State, Badagry LGA. Alternate names: Gugbe, Gun-Alada, Gun-Gbe, Seto-Gbe. Dialects: Alada (Alada-Gbe), Asento, Gbekon, Gun (Gu, Egun, Goun), Phela, Savi, Weme, Seto. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Kwa, Left Bank, Gbe, AjaRead More
Gupa-Abawa[gpa] 15,000 (1989). Population includes 10,000 or more Gupa, 5,000 Abawa. Niger State, Lapai LGA, around Gupa and Edzu villages. Dialects: Gupa, Abawa. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Nupoid, Nupe-Gbagyi, NupeRead More
Gurmana[gvm] 3,000 (1989). Niger State, Shiroro LGA, Gurmana town and nearby hamlets. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Western, Baushi-GurmanaRead More
Guruntum-Mbaaru[grd] 15,000 (1993). Bauchi State, Bauchi and Alkaleri LGAs. Alternate names: Guruntum, Gurdung. Dialects: Dooka, Gar, Gayar, Karakara, Kuuku, Mbaaru. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.3, GuruntumRead More
Gvoko[ngs] 20,000 in Nigeria (1990). Population total all countries: 21,000. Borno State, Gwoza LGARead More
Gwa[gwb] 979 (2000 WCD). Bauchi State, Toro LGA. Dialects: Related to Lame. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Jarawan, NigerianRead More
Gwamhi-Wuri[bga] 16,000 (2000). Kebbi State, Wasugu LGA, Danko-Maga area, and Niger State, Magama LGA, Dusai and Kwimu. The Gwamfawa are around Danko and the Wurawa around Maga. Migrants are in Niger State. Alternate names: Lyase, Lyase-Ne. Dialects: Gwamhi (Gwamfanci, Gwamfi Gwamfawa, Abaangi, Banga, Banganci, Bangawa), Wuri (Wuranci, Wurawa). The two dialects have slight lexical and tonal differences. Lexical similarity 57% with Puku-Geeri-Keri-Wipsi, 47% with Duka, 43% with Lela. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Western, DukaRead More
Gwandara[gwn] 27,349 (2000). Niger State, Suleija LGARead More
Gyem[gye] 1,000 (1995 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Toro LGA. Alternate names: Gyemawa, Gema, Gemawa, Gyam. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, JeraRead More

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