How Many Languages Does Nigeria Have?

Nigeria is a multi ethnic and linguistically diverse nation with a lot of tribes and culture so as well as language. Even in a single tribe, it is possible we have more than one language. As for the general language, we all accept that English is the lingua franca. And no other language is replacing that no matter its popularity.

The question is How many Languages does Nigeria actually have? All together, Nigeria has like 520 languages while some of them was reported to have gone into extinction. But we still have around 500 till date. You could be surprised how country could have a large number of languages.

Most Popular Languages in Nigeria

Hausa: This is the most spoken language in Nigeria with over 19 million native speakers found in Northern states of the country like Sokoto, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Bauchi, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, and Gombe states. Apart from these native speakers we still have around 15 million people speaking hausa as the second language. Even some foreigner in the south west of Africa speak the language. Hausa language is highly respected by foreigners to the extent that it is given significance in international radio station like BBC.

Igbo: Igbo is the second most populous language spoken by 24 million people in general. It’s speakers are mostly found in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States. Igbo is also spoken in some parts of Akwa Ibom (Ika LGA), Delta (Oshimili, Aniocha, and Ndokwa LGAs) and Rivers States (Ikwerre, Bonny, and Ahoada LGAs).

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Yoruba: This language is mostly found in the south western part of the country like Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Kwara, and Lagos states and parts of Kogi State. Apart from these, Yoruba language is spoken by many foreigners. Yoruba language is so dynamic with several dialect Including Egba, ijebu, Awori, Ijesha dialects.

Question: How Many Languages does Nigeria Have?

Answer: Check article above

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