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Languages of Nigeria
« on: March 09, 2019, 06:54:07 AM »
Languages of Nigeria



Languages of a geographic region
There are perhaps 500 languages spoken in Nigeria. The official language of Nigeria is English, the former language of colonial British Nigeria. As reported in 2003, Nigerian English and Nigerian Pidgin were spoken as a second language by 60 million people in Nigeria. Communication in the English language is much more popular in the country's urban communities than it is in the rural areas, due to colonisation.

A map of the major languages of Nigeria, Cameroon and Benin
The major native languages, in terms of population, are

Igbo (over 40 million, including L2),
Yoruba
(over 30 million),
Hausa (about 60 million),
Fulfulde (15 million), Ibibio (10 million),
Kanuri (8 million),
Tiv (4 million), and approx. 2 million each of
Edo,
Igala,
Nupe,
Izon and Berom.

Nigeria's linguistic diversity is a microcosm of much of Africa as a whole, and the country contains languages from the three major African languages families: Afroasiatic, Nilo-Saharan and Niger–Congo. Nigeria also has several as-yet unclassified languages, such as Centúúm, which may represent a relic of an even greater diversity prior to the spread of the current language families


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