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    Nigeria Languages, Speakers’ Population and Regions


    Nigeria Languages

    Nigeria languages is estimated to be roughly 400 plus in number. The most spoken of these Nigeria languages are Yoruba, Hausa, Ibo, Urhobo, Ibibio, Fulfulde, Kanuri and Edo.

    Due to British colonization and huge number of languages, English language is adopted as Nigeria official language.

    Nigeria, the most ethnic and culturally diversified nation in the world with more than 250 tribes, boasts of the following languages:

    OuguriNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive

    Nigerian LanguageOther NamesNumber of SpeakersStates Where the Language is SpokenStatus
    AbanyomAbanyum, Befun, Bofon, Mbofon13,000Cross RiverActive
    AbonAbong, Abõ, Ba’ban1,000TarabaActive
    AbuaOdual,Abuan25,000RiversActive
    AbureniMini4,000BayelsaActive
    AchipaAchipawa5,000KebbiActive
    AdimNoneNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    AdugeNone30,000AnambraActive
    AdunNoneNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    AfadeAffade, Afadeh, Afada, Kotoko, MogaNot AvailableBorno, YobeActive
    AfoNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    AfrikeAfrerikpe60,000Cross RiverActive
    AjawaAja, AjanciNot AvailableBauchiActive
    Akaju-NdemAkajukNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    Akweya-YachiNoneNot AvailableBenueActive
    AlagoAragoNot AvailablePlateauActive
    AmoNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    AnagutaNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    AnangNoneNot AvailableAkwa lbomActive
    AndoniNoneNot AvailableAkwa lbomActive
    AngasNoneNot AvailableBauchi, Jigawa, PlateauActive
    AnkweiNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    AnyimaNoneNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    ArabicChadian Arabic, Shuwa ArabicNot AvailableBorno by Baggara ArabsActive
    AttakarAtakaNot AvailableKadunaActive
    AuyokaAuyokawa, Auyakawa, AwiakaNot AvailableJigawaActive
    AworiNoneNot AvailableLagos, OgunActive
    AyuNoneNot AvailableKadunaActive
    BaburNoneNot AvailableAdamawa, Bomo, Taraba, YobeActive
    BachamaNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    BachereNoneNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    BadaNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    BadeNoneNot AvailableYobeActive
    BahumonoNoneNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    BakulungNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    BaliNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    BamboraBambarawaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    BambukoNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    BandaBandawaNot AvailableTarabaActive
    BankaBankalawaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    BansoPansoNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    BaraBarawaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    BarkeNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    BarubaBarbaNot AvailableNigerActive
    BashiriBashirawaNot AvailablePlateauActive
    BassaNoneNot AvailableKaduna, Kogi, Niger, PlateauActive
    BattaNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    BaushiNoneNot AvailableNigerActive
    BayaNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    BekwarraNoneNot AvailableCross riverActive
    BeleBuli, BelewaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    BetsoBeteNot AvailableTarabaActive
    BetteNoneNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    BileiNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    BilleNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    BinaBinawaNot AvailableKadunaActive
    BiniNoneNot AvailableEdoActive
    BiromNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    BobuaNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    BokiNkiNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    BkkosNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    BokoBussawa, BargawaNot AvailableNigerActive
    BoleBolewaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    BotlereNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    BomaBomawa, BurmanoNot AvailableBauchiActive
    BomboroNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    Buduma BornoNoneNot AvailableNigerActive
    BujiNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    BuliNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    BunuNoneNot AvailableKogiActive
    BuraNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    BurakNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    BurmaBurmawaNot AvailablePlateauActive
    BuruNoneNot AvailableYobeActive
    ButaButawaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    BwallNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    BwatiyeNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    BwazzaNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    ChallaNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    ChamaChamawa FitilaiNot AvailableBauchiActive
    ChambaNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    ChamoNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    ChibokChibbakNot AvailableYobeActive
    ChinineNoneNot AvailableBornoActive
    ChipNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    ChokoboNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    ChukkolNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    CipuWestern Acipa20,000Kebbi, NigerActive
    DabaNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    DadiyaNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    DakaNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    DakarkariNoneNot AvailableNiger, KebbiActive
    DandaDandawaNot AvailableKebbiActive
    DangsaNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    DazaDere, DerewaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    DegemaNoneNot AvailableRiversActive
    DenoDenawaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    DghwedeNone30,000BornoActive
    DibaNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    DoemakDumukNot AvailablePlateauActive
    DukaDukawaNot AvailableKebbiActive
    DumaDumawaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    EbanaEbaniNot AvailableRiversActive
    EbirralgbirraNot AvailableEdo, Kogi, OndoActive
    EbuNoneNot AvailableEdo, KogiActive
    EfikNoneNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    EgbemaNoneNot AvailableRiversActive
    IgedeEgedeNot AvailableBenueActive
    EggonNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    EgunGuNot AvailableLagos, OgunActive
    EjaghamNoneNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    EkajukNoneNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    EketNoneNot AvailableAkwa IbomActive
    EkoiNoneNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    EngenniNgeneNot AvailableRiversActive
    EpieNoneNot AvailableRiversActive
    EsanIshanNot AvailableEdoActive
    EtcheNoneNot AvailableRiversActive
    EtoluEtiloNot AvailableBenueActive
    EtsakoNoneNot AvailableEdoActive
    EtungNoneNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    EtunoNoneNot AvailableEdoActive
    FrenchNoneNot AvailableBordering statesActive
    FyamFyemNot AvailablePlateauActive
    FyerFerNot AvailablePlateauActive
    Ga’andaNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    GadeNoneNot AvailableNigerActive
    GalambiNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    GamerguMulgwa , Malgo, MalgwaNot AvailableBornoActive
    QanawuriNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    GavakoNoneNot AvailableBornoActive
    GbeddeNoneNot AvailableKogiActive
    GboAgbo, LegboNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    GengleNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    GejiNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    GeraGere, GerawaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    GerumaGerumawaNot AvailablePlateau, BauchiActive
    GingwakNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    GiraNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    GizigzNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    GoernaiNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    GokanaNoneNot AvailableRiversActive
    GombiNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    GornunGmunNot AvailableTarabaActive
    GoniaNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    GubiGubawaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    GudeNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    GuduNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    GureNoneNot AvailableKadunaActive
    GurmanaNoneNot AvailableNigerActive
    GururntumNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    GusuNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    GwaGurawaNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    GwambaNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    GwandaraNoneNot AvailableKaduna, Niger, PlateauActive
    GwariGbariNot AvailableJigawaKaduna, Niger, Plateau
    GwomNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    GwozaNone40,000BornoActive
    GyemNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    HausaNoneNot AvailableBauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna,Kano, Kastina, Kebbi, Niger,Taraba, SokotoActive
    HigiHigNot AvailableBorno, AdamawaActive
    HolmaNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    HonaNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    HyamHam, Jaba, JabbaNot AvailableKadunaActive
    IbenoNoneNot AvailableAkwa lbomActive
    IbibioNoneNot AvailableAkwa lbomActive
    IchenNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    IdomaNoneNot AvailableBenue, TarabaActive
    IgallaNoneNot AvailablekogiActive
    IgedeEgedeNot AvailableBenueActive
    IkornNoneNot AvailableCross RiverActive
    IrigweNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    IsokoNoneNot AvailableDeltaActive
    IzereIzarek, Fizere, Fezere, Feserek, Afizarek, Afizare, Afusare, Jari, Jarawa, Jarawan Dutse, Hill Jarawa, Jos-Zarazon100,000PlateauActive
    JahunaJahunawaNot AvailableTarabaActive
    JakuNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    JaraJaar, Jarawa, Jarawa-DutseNot AvailableBauchiActive
    JereJare, Jera, Jera, JerawaNot AvailablePlateauActive
    JeroNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    JibuNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    Jidda-AbuNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    JimbinJimbinawaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    JiraiNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    JonjoJenjoNot AvailableTarabaActive
    JukunNoneNot AvailableBauchi, Benue,Taraba, PlateauActive
    KabaKabawaNot AvailableTarabaActive
    KadaraNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    KafanchanNoneNot AvailableKadunaActive
    KagoroNoneNot AvailableKadunaActive
    KajeKacheNot AvailableKadunaActive
    KajuruKajurawaNot AvailableKadunaActive
    KakaNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    KamakuKarnukawaNot AvailableKaduna, Kebbi, NigerActive
    KambariNoneNot AvailableKebbi, NigerActive
    KambuNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    kamoNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    KanakuruDeraNot AvailableAdamawa, BornoActive
    KanembuNoneNot AvailableBornoActive
    KanikonNoneNot AvailableKadunaActive
    KantanaNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    Kanufi BomoNoneNot AvailableKaduna, Adamawa, , Kano, Niger, Jigawa, Plateau, Taraba, YobeActive
    KarekareKaraikaraiNot AvailableBauchi, YobeActive
    KarimjoNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    KariyaNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    KatabKatafNot AvailableKadunaActive
    KenernKoenoemNot AvailablePlateauActive
    KentonNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    KiballoKiwolloNot AvailableKadunaActive
    KilbaNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    KirfiKirfawaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    KomaNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    KonaNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    KoroKwaroNot AvailableKaduna, NigerActive
    KubiKubawaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    KudachanoKudawaNot AvailableBauchiActive
    KugamaNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    KulereKalerNot AvailablePlateauActive
    KuniniNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    KuramaNoneNot AvailableJigawa, Kaduna, Niger, PlateauActive
    KurdulNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    KushiNoneNot AvailableBauchiActive
    KutebNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    KutinNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    KwallaNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    KwamiKwomNot AvailableBauchiActive
    KwanchiNoneNot AvailableTarabaActive
    KwankaKwankwaNot AvailableBauchi, PlateauActive
    KwaroNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    KwatoNoneNot AvailablePlateauActive
    KyengaKengawaNot AvailableSokotoActive
    LaaruLarawaNot AvailableNigerActive
    LakkaNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    PalliNoneNot AvailableAdamawaActive
    PulaniPulbeNot AvailableBauchi, Borno, Jigawa , Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi , Niger, Sokoto, Taraba, YobeActive
    Plateau State top with number of 68 languages followed by Bauchi with 64, Adamawa 59, Taraba 57 and Kaduna 31.
    Nigeria languages chart
    Chart showing number of languages spoken per state in Nigeria


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