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List Of Languages In Nigeria

Languages spoken in Nigeria and its states: Nigeria is a country with one of the most diversified cultures, with hundreds of ethnic groups and languages. As a result, certain ethnic groups are more popular than others, and as a result, their languages are more widely spoken.

Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo are the three most widely spoken languages in Nigeria. The majority of people believe that these three languages are the only ones spoken in Nigeria.

List of Nigerian Languages and their States

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  • Abayon – Cross River
  • Abua (Odual) –Rivers
  • Achipa (Achipawa) –Kebbi
  • Adim -Cross River
  • Adun -Cross River
  • Affade –Yobe
  • Afizere –Plateau
  • Afo –Plateau
  • Agbo -Cross River
  • Akaju-Ndem (Akajuk) -Cross River
  • Akweya-Yachi –Benue
  • Alago (Arago) –Plateau
  • Amo –Plateau
  • Anaguta -Plateau
  • Anang -Akwa lbom
  • Andoni -Akwa lbom, Rivers
  • Angas -Bauchi, Jigawa, Plateau
  • Ankwei –Plateau
  • Anyima -Cross River
  • Attakar (ataka) –Kaduna
  • Auyoka (Auyokawa) -Jigawa
  • Awori -Lagos, Ogun
  • Ayu –Kaduna
  • Babur -Adamawa, Bomo, Taraba, Yobe
  • Bachama -Adamawa
  • Bachere -Cross River
  • Bada –Plateau
  • Bade -Yobe
  • Bahumono -Cross River
  • Bakulung -Taraba
  • Bali -Taraba
  • Bambora (Bambarawa) –Bauchi
  • Bambuko -Taraba
  • Banda (Bandawa) -Taraba
  • Banka (Bankalawa) -Bauchi
  • Banso (Panso) –Adamawa
  • Bara (Barawa) –Bauchi
  • Barke –Bauchi
  • Baruba (Barba) –Niger
  • Bashiri (Bashirawa) –Plateau
  • Bassa -Kaduna, Kogi, Niger, Plateau
  • Batta –Adamawa
  • Baushi –Niger
  • Baya –Adamawa
  • Bekwarra -Cross River
  • Bele (Buli, Belewa) -Bauchi
  • Betso (Bete) -Taraba
  • Bette -Cross River
  • Bilei –Adamawa
  • Bille –Adamawa
  • Bina (Binawa) -Kaduna
  • Bini –Edo
  • Birom –Plateau
  • Bobua –Taraba
  • Boki (Nki) -Cross River
  • Bkkos –Plateau
  • Boko (Bussawa, Bargawa) –Niger
  • Bole (Bolewa) -Bauchi, Yobe
  • Botlere -Adamawa
  • Boma (Bomawa, Burmano) -Bauchi
  • Bomboro -Bauchi
  • Buduma -Borno, Niger
  • Buji -Plateau
  • Buli -Bauchi
  • Bunu –Kogi
  • Bura –Adamawa
  • Burak -Bauchi
  • Burma (Burmawa) -Plateau
  • Buru -Yobe
  • Buta (Butawa) -Bauchi
  • Bwall –Plateau
  • Bwatiye -Adamawa
  • Bwazza -Adamawa
  • Challa –Plateau
  • Chama (Chamawa Fitilai) –Bauchi
  • Chamba -Taraba
  • Chamo –Bauchi
  • Chibok (Chibbak) -Yobe
  • Chinine –Borno
  • Chip –Plateau
  • Chokobo –Plateau
  • Chukkol –Taraba
  • Daba –Adamawa
  • Dadiya –Bauchi
  • Daka –Adamawa
  • Dakarkari -Niger, Kebbi
  • Danda (Dandawa) -Kebbi
  • Dangsa –Taraba
  • Daza (Dere, Derewa) –Bauchi
  • Degema –Rivers
  • Deno (Denawa) –Bauchi
  • Dghwede -Bomo
  • Diba –Taraba
  • Doemak (Dumuk) –Plateau
  • Ouguri –Bauchi
  • Duka (Dukawa) –Kebbi
  • Duma (Dumawa) –Bauchi
  • Ebana (Ebani) –Rivers
  • Ebirra (lgbirra) -Edo, Kogi, Ondo
  • Ebu -Edo, Kogi
  • Efik -Cross River
  • Egbema –Rivers
  • Egede (lgedde) –Benue
  • Eggon -Plateau
  • Egun (Gu) -Lagos,Ogun
  • Ejagham -Cross River
  • Ekajuk -Cross River
  • Eket -Akwa Ibom
  • Ekoi -Cross River
  • Engenni (Ngene) –Rivers
  • Epie -Rivers
  • Esan (Ishan) –Edo
  • Etche –Rivers
  • Etolu (Etilo) –Benue
  • Etsako -Edo
  • Etung -Cross River
  • Etuno –Edo
  • Palli –Adamawa
  • Pulani (Pulbe) -Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa , Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi , Niger, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, etc.
  • Fyam (Fyem) -Plateau
  • Fyer(Fer) -Plateau
  • Ga’anda -Adamawa
  • Gade –Niger
  • Galambi -Bauchi
  • Gamergu-Mulgwa -Borno
  • Qanawuri –Plateau
  • Gavako –Borno
  • Gbedde -Kogi
  • Gengle –Taraba
  • Geji –Bauchi
  • Gera (Gere, Gerawa) –Bauchi
  • Geruma (Gerumawa) -Plateau
  • Geruma (Gerumawa) –Bauchi
  • Gingwak -Bauchi
  • Gira –Adamawa
  • Gizigz –Adamawa
  • Goernai –Plateau
  • Gokana (Kana) –Rivers
  • Gombi –Adamawa
  • Gornun (Gmun) -Taraba
  • Gonia -Taraba
  • Gubi (Gubawa) -Bauchi
  • Gude –Adamawa
  • Gudu –Adamawa
  • Gure -Kaduna
  • Gurmana –Niger
  • Gururntum -Bauchi
  • Gusu -Plateau
  • Gwa (Gurawa) –Adamawa
  • Gwamba Adamawa
  • Gwandara -Kaduna, Niger, Plateau
  • Gwari (Gbari) -Kaduna, Niger, Abuja, Plateau
  • Gwom -Taraba
  • Gwoza (Waha) –Borno
  • Gyem –Bauchi
  • Hausa: -Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna,Kano, Kastina, Kebbi, Niger,Taraba, Sokoto, Zamfara etc
  • Higi (Hig) -Borno, Adamawa
  • Holma -Adamawa
  • Hona -Adamawa
  • Ibeno -Akwa lbom
  • Ibibio -Akwa lbom
  • Ichen –Adamawa
  • Idoma -Benue, Taraba
  • Igalla -Kogi
  • lgbo: -Abia, Anambra, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Rivers
  • ljumu -Kogi
  • Ikom-Cross River
  • Ikwerre – Rivers
  • Irigwe –Plateau
  • Isoko –Delta
  • lsekiri (Itsekiri) -Delta
  • lyala (lyalla) -Cross River
  • lzondjo -Bayelsa, Delta, Ondo, Rivers
  • Jaba -Kaduna
  • Jahuna (Jahunawa) –Taraba
  • Jaku -Bauchi
  • Jara (Jaar Jarawa Jarawa-Dutse) -Bauchi
  • Jere (Jare, Jera, Jera, Jerawa) -Bauchi, Plateau
  • Jero –Taraba
  • Jibu –Adamawa
  • Jidda-Abu -Plateau
  • Jimbin (Jimbinawa) -Bauchi
  • Jirai –Adamawa
  • Jonjo (Jenjo) –Taraba
  • Jukun -Bauchi, Benue,Taraba, Plateau
  • Kaba(Kabawa) -Taraba
  • Kadara -Taraba
  • Kafanchan -Kaduna
  • Kagoro -Kaduna
  • Kaje (Kache) –Kaduna
  • Kajuru (Kajurawa) –Kaduna
  • Kaka –Adamawa
  • Kamaku (Karnukawa) -Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger
  • Kambari -Kebbi, Niger
  • Kambu –Adamawa
  • Kamo –Bauchi
  • Kanakuru (Dera) -Adamawa, Borno
  • Kanembu –Borno
  • Kanikon –Kaduna
  • Kantana -Plateau
  • Kanuri -Kaduna, Adamawa, Borno, Kano,Niger, Jigawa, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe
  • Karekare (Karaikarai) -Bauchi, Yobe
  • Karimjo -Taraba
  • Kariya –Bauchi
  • Katab (Kataf) –Kaduna
  • Kenern (Koenoem) –Plateau
  • Kenton –Taraba
  • Kiballo (Kiwollo) –Kaduna
  • Kilba –Adamawa
  • Kirfi (Kirfawa) –Bauchi
  • Koma –Taraba
  • Kona -Taraba
  • Koro (Kwaro) -Kaduna, Niger
  • Kubi (Kubawa) –Bauchi
  • Kudachano (Kudawa) -Bauchi
  • Kugama -Taraba
  • Kulere (Kaler) -Plateau
  • Kunini –Taraba
  • Kurama -Jigawa, Kaduna, Niger, Plateau
  • Kurdul –Adamawa
  • Kushi –Bauchi
  • Kuteb –Taraba
  • Kutin –Taraba
  • Kwalla –Plateau
  • Kwami (Kwom) –Bauchi
  • Kwanchi –Taraba
  • Kwanka (Kwankwa) -Bauchi, Plateau
  • Kwaro –Plateau
  • Kwato -Plateau
  • Kyenga (Kengawa) -Sokoto
  • Laaru (Larawa) -Niger
  • Lakka –Adamawa
  • Lala –Adamawa
  • Lama –Taraba
  • Lamja –Taraba
  • Lau –Taraba
  • Ubbo –Adamawa
  • Limono -Bauchi, Plateau
  • Lopa (Lupa, Lopawa) –Niger
  • Longuda (Lunguda) -Adamawa, Bauchi
  • Mabo –Plateau
  • Mada -Kaduna, Plateau
  • Mama –Plateau
  • Mambilla –Adamawa
  • Manchok -Kaduna
  • Mandara (Wandala) –Borno
  • Manga (Mangawa) -Yobe
  • Margi (Marghi) -Adamawa, Borno
  • Matakarn -Adamawa
  • Mbembe -Cross River, Enugu
  • Mbol –Adamawa
  • Mbube -Cross River
  • Mbula –Adamawa
  • Mbum -Taraba
  • Memyang (Meryan) -Plateau
  • Miango -Plateau
  • Miligili (Migili) -Plateau
  • Miya (Miyawa) -Bauchi
  • Mobber –Borno
  • Montol -Plateau
  • Moruwa (Moro’a, Morwa) –Kaduna
  • Muchaila –Adamawa
  • Mumuye –Taraba
  • Mundang -Adamawa
  • Munga (Mupang) –Plateau
  • Mushere -Plateau
  • Mwahavul (Mwaghavul) –Plateau
  • Ndoro –Taraba
  • Ngamo -Bauchi, Yobe
  • Ngizim -Yobe
  • Ngweshe (Ndhang.Ngoshe-Ndhang) -Adamawa, Borno
  • Ningi (Ningawa) –Bauchi
  • Ninzam (Ninzo) -Kaduna, Plateau
  • Njayi -Adamawa
  • Nkim -Cross River
  • Nkum -Cross River
  • Nokere (Nakere) –Plateau
  • Nunku -Kaduna, Plateau
  • Nupe –Niger
  • Nyandang –Taraba
  • Ododop- Cross River
  • Ogoni – Rivers
  • Ogori –Kwara
  • Okobo (Okkobor) -Akwa lbom
  • Okpamheri –Edo
  • Olulumo -Cross River
  • Oron -Akwa lbom
  • Owan -Edo
  • Owe –Kwara
  • Oworo –Kwara
  • Pa’a (Pa’awa Afawa) –Bauchi
  • Pai -Plateau
  • Panyam –Taraba
  • Pero –Bauchi
  • Pire –Adamawa
  • Pkanzom –Taraba
  • Poll –Taraba
  • Polchi Habe -Bauchi
  • Pongo (Pongu) –Niger
  • Potopo -Taraba
  • Pyapun (Piapung) -Plateau
  • Qua -Cross River
  • Rebina (Rebinawa) –Bauchi
  • Reshe -Kebbi, Niger
  • Rindire (Rendre) –Plateau
  • Rishuwa –Kaduna
  • Ron –Plateau
  • Rubu –Niger
  • Rukuba –Plateau
  • Rumada –Kaduna
  • Rumaya –Kaduna
  • Sakbe -Taraba
  • Sanga –Bauchi
  • Sate –Taraba
  • Saya (Sayawa Za’ar) –Bauchi
  • Segidi (Sigidawa) –Bauchi
  • Shanga (Shangawa) –Sokoto
  • Shangawa (Shangau) –Plateau
  • Shan-Shan –Plateau
  • Shira (Shirawa) –Kano
  • Shomo -Taraba
  • Shuwa -Adamawa, Borno
  • Sikdi -Plateau
  • Siri (Sirawa) –Bauchi
  • Srubu (Surubu) -Kaduna
  • Sukur –Adamawa
  • Sura –Plateau
  • Tangale –Bauchi
  • Tarok -Plateau, Taraba
  • Teme –Adamawa
  • Tera (Terawa) -Bauchi, Borno
  • Teshena (Teshenawa) -Kano
  • Tigon –Adamawa
  • Tikar -Taraba
  • Tiv -Benue, Plateau, Taraba and Nasarawa
  • Tula –Bauchi
  • Tur –Adamawa
  • Ufia –Benue
  • Ukelle -Cross River
  • Ukwani (Kwale) –Delta
  • Uncinda -Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto
  • Uneme (Ineme) –Edo
  • Ura (Ula) –Niger
  • Urhobo -Delta
  • Utonkong -Benue
  • Uyanga -Cross River
  • Vemgo -Adamawa
  • Verre –Adamawa
  • Vommi -Taraba
  • Wagga –Adamawa
  • Waja -Bauchi
  • Waka -Taraba
  • Warja (Warja) -Jigawa
  • Warji -Bauchi
  • Wula –Adamawa
  • Wurbo –Adamawa
  • Wurkun -Taraba
  • Yache -Cross River
  • Yagba -Kwara
  • Yakurr (Yako) -Cross River
  • Yalla –Benue
  • Yandang –Taraba
  • Yergan (Yergum) -Plateau
  • Yoruba -(Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Kogi)
  • Yott –Taraba
  • Yumu -Niger
  • Yungur -Adamawa
  • Yuom -Plateau
  • Zabara –Niger
  • Zaranda -Bauchi
  • Zarma (Zarmawa) -Kebbi
  • Zayam (Zeam) -Bauchi
  • Zul (Zulawa) –Bauchi

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The majority of these languages are dwindling in popularity as native speakers choose to adopt the languages of bigger ethnic groupings.

Nonetheless, it is critical to conserve these languages, and efforts are being made to rekindle interest in and promote indigenous languages. With these safeguards in place, it is anticipated that they will avoid extinction, as many other languages have.

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