List of ethnic groups of Africa

Ethnic groups in Africa
1996 map of the major ethnolinguistic groups of Africa, by the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division (substantially based on G.P. Murdock, Africa, its peoples and their cultural history, 1959). Colour-coded are 15 major ethnolinguistic super-groups, as follows:


     Hamitic (Berber, Cushitic) + Semitic (Ethiopian, Arabic)

     Hausa (Chadic)



     "Guinean" (Volta-Niger, Kwa, Kru)

     "Western Bantoid" (Atlantic)

     "Central Bantoid" (Gur, Senufo)

     "Eastern Bantoid" (Southern Bantoid)


Nilo-Saharan (unity debated)


     Central Sudanic, Eastern Sudanic (besides Nilotic)




     Khoi-San (unity doubtful; Khoikhoi, San, Sandawe + Hadza)

     Malayo-Polynesian (Malagasy)

     Indo-European (Afrikaaner)

The ethnic groups of Africa number in the thousands, with each population generally having its own language (or dialect of a language) and culture. The ethnolinguistic groups include various Afroasiatic, Khoisan, Niger-Congo and Nilo-Saharan populations.

The official population count of the various ethnic groups in Africa is highly uncertain, both due to limited infrastructure to perform censuses and due to the rapid population growth. There have also been accusations of deliberate misreporting in order to give selected ethnicities numerical superiority (as in the case of Nigeria's Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba and Igbo people).[1][2][3]

A 2009 genetic clustering study, which genotyped 1327 polymorphic markers in various African populations, identified six ancestral clusters. The clustering corresponded closely with ethnicity, culture and language.[4] A 2018 whole genome sequencing study of the world's populations observed similar clusters among the populations in Africa. At K=9, distinct ancestral components defined the Afroasiatic-speaking populations inhabiting North Africa and Northeast Africa; the Nilo-Saharan-speaking populations in Northeast Africa and East Africa; the Ari populations in Northeast Africa; the Niger-Congo-speaking populations in West-Central Africa, West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa; the Pygmy populations in Central Africa; and the Khoisan populations in Southern Africa.[5]


By linguistic phylum

As a first overview, the following table lists major groups by ethno-linguistic affiliation, with rough population estimates (as of 2016) :[citation needed]

Phylum Region Major groups Pop. (millions)

(2016)[citation needed]
Number of groups
Afro-AsiaticNorth Africa, Horn of Africa, SahelAmhara, Hausa, Oromo, Somali, Tachelhit Berber200200-300[6]
Niger-CongoWest Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, East AfricaAkan, Fula, Igbo, Kongo, Mande, Mooré, Yoruba, Zulu , Xhosa 9001650[6]
Nilo-SaharanNile Valley, Sahel, East AfricaDinka, Kanuri, Luo, Maasai, Nuer6080[6]
KhoisanSouthern Africa, TanzaniaNama, San, Sandawe, KungǃXóõ140-70[6]
Indo-EuropeanCentral Africa, East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaAfrikaners, British, French63[8]
Total Africa 1.2 billion (UN 2016)c. 2,000[9]

Major ethnic groups

The following is a table of major ethnic groups (10 million people or more):

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Major ethnic groups Region Countries Language family Pop. (millions)

AkanWest AfricaGhana, Ivory CoastNiger–Congo, Kwa20[year needed]
AbyssiniansHorn of AfricaEthiopia, EritreaAfro-Asiatic, Semitic
AmharaHorn of AfricaEthiopiaAfro-Asiatic, Semitic22 (2007)
ChewaCentral AfricaMalawi, ZambiaNiger–Congo, Bantu12 (2007)
FulaniWest AfricaMauritania, Gambia. Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger, Chad, Sudan, CAR, Ghana, Togo, Sierra LeoneNiger–Congo, Senegambian20[year needed]
HausaWest AfricaNigeria, Niger, Benin, Ghana, Cameroon, Chad, SudanAfro-Asiatic, Chadic43[year needed]
HutuCentral AfricaRwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of CongoNiger–Congo, Bantu15[year needed]
IgboWest AfricaNigeriaNiger–Congo, Volta–Niger34 (2017)
KanuriCentral AfricaNigeria,[10]Niger,[11]Chad[12] and Cameroon[13]Nilo-Saharan, Saharan10
KongoCentral AfricaDemocratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Republic of the CongoNiger–Congo, Bantu10[year needed]
LubaCentral AfricaDemocratic Republic of the CongoNiger–Congo, Bantu15[year needed]
MaghrebisNorth AfricaMaghreb (Mauritania, Morocco, Western Sahara), Algeria, Tunisia, and LibyaAfro-Asiatic, Semitic100[year needed]
MongoCentral AfricaDemocratic Republic of the CongoNiger–Congo, Bantu15[year needed]
NilotesNile Valley, East Africa, Central AfricaSouth Sudan, Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, EthiopiaNilo-Saharan, Nilotic22 (2007)
OromoHorn of AfricaEthiopiaAfro-Asiatic, Cushitic35 (2016)
ShonaEast AfricaZimbabwe and MozambiqueNiger–Congo, Bantoid15 (2000)
SomaliHorn of AfricaSomalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, KenyaAfro-Asiatic, Cushitic20 (2009)
YorubaWest AfricaNigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sierra LeoneNiger–Congo, Volta–Niger40[year needed]
ZuluSouthern AfricaSouth AfricaNiger–Congo, Bantu12 (2016)

Ethnic groups by region

North Africa

Name Family Language Region Country Population (million) Notes
BaggaraAfro-Asiatic, SemiticSudanese ArabicChad BasinSudan, Chad6
BerbersAfro-Asiatic, BerberBerberMaghrebMorocco, Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Tunisia, Egypt27Berber speakers
CoptsAfro-Asiatic, EgyptianCopticNile ValleyEgypt, Sudan10
EgyptiansAfro-Asiatic, SemiticEgyptian ArabicNile ValleyEgypt85excl. Copts
Fur[14]Nilo-Saharan, Eastern SudanicFurNile ValleySudan1.0
HaratinAfro-Asiatic, SemiticHassaniya ArabicMaghrebMauritania, Morocco2
MaghrebisAfro-Asiatic, SemiticMaghrebi ArabicMaghrebMorocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya72Arabic speakers only
MoorsAfro-Asiatic, SemiticHassaniya ArabicMaghrebMauritania, Morocco2
NubiansNilo-Saharan, Eastern SudanicNobiinNile ValleySudan, Egypt1.0[14]
Sudanese ArabsAfro-Asiatic, SemiticSudanese ArabicNile ValleySudan28
ToubouNilo-SaharanTebuTibestiLibya, Chad, Niger, Sudan0.35
TuaregAfro-Asiatic, BerberTuaregMaghreb/SaharaAlgeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso1.2
ZaghawaNilo-Saharan, Eastern SaharanZaghawaChad BasinChad, Sudan0.2

West Africa

Name Family Language Region Country Population (million) Notes
AdeleNiger–Congo, GbeAdeleWestGhanaian-Togo Borderlands.05[15]
AkanNiger–Congo, KwaAkanWestSouth Ghana, Ivory Coast20An ethnic group of related sub-groups. The largest subgroups are the Ashanti and the Fante
BakaNiger Congo, UbangianBakaWest/CentralSoutheastern Cameroon, Northern Congo, Northern Gabon0.3-0.4The Baka are also known as Bebayaka, Bebayaga, or Bibaya, or (along with the other Mbenga peoples) the derogatory Babinga.
BambaraNiger–Congo, MandeBambaraWestMali3
BasaaNiger–Congo, BantuBasaaWestCameroon0.2
BassaNiger–Congo, KruBassaWestLiberia0.3
Beti-PahuinNiger–Congo, BantuEwondo, Fang, BuluWestCameroon, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe3.3group of 20 sub-ethnicities
BiafadaNiger–CongoBiafadaWestSenegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau0.04
BubiNiger–CongoBubeWestBioko Island; Gabon, Cameroon0.05The Bubi are an amalgamation of first nation clans with various ancient mainland origins that later integrated with Krio, Efik, Igbo, Emancipado and Fernandino settlers.
Mole-DagbaniNiger–Congo, GurDagbaniWestGhana, Burkina Faso8.6Dagomba, Mamprusi, Nanumba, Mossi, Gurma
Edo (also called Bini, or Benin)Niger–Congo, Volta-NigerEdoWestNigeria1.6
EfikNiger–Congo, Cross RiverIbibio-EfikWestNigeria, Cameroon0.9
EketNiger–Congo, Cross RiverEket (Ibibio dialect)WestNigeria, Cameroon0.3
EsanNiger–Congo, Volta-NigerEsanWestNigeria0.5
EweNiger–Congo, GbeEweWestTogo, Benin, Nigeria, Volta Region (British Togoland), Togoland6.0
FonNiger–CongoFonWestBenin, Nigeria3.5
FulɓeNiger–Congo, SenegambianPular/FulfuldeWestGuinea, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Chad, Togo, Ivory Coast20
GaNiger–Congo, KwaGa, Ga-AdangmeWestTogo, Greater Accra2
Gwari, NupeNiger-Congo, Volta-NigerWestNigeria1
HausaAfro-Asiatic, ChadicHausaWest/NorthernNigeria, Niger, Ghana, Benin, Chad, Cameroon, Sudan37
Igbo (Ibo)Niger–Congo, Volta–NigerIgboWestNigeria, Equatorial Guinea34[16]Includes various subgroups.
IjawNiger–Congo, IjoidIjawWestNigeria14[10]Sub-groups include Andoni, Ibani, Kalabari, Nembe, Ogbia and Okrika.
JolaNiger–Congo, SenegambianJola, KriolWestSenegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau0.5
KanuriNilo-Saharan, Western SaharanKanuriChad BasinNigeria,[10] Niger,[11] Cameroon,[13] Chad[12]10
MandinkaNiger–Congo, MandeMandingoWest/CentralThe Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Benin, Niger, Nigeria, Mauritania, Chad13
Mande SouthNiger–Congo, MandeDan, Mano and KpelleWestGuinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia,3.5
MarkaNiger–Congo, MandeMarkaWest/NorthernMali0.4
MendeNiger–Congo, MandeMendeWestSierra Leone2
PapelNiger–CongoPapelWestSenegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau0.1
SererNiger–Congo, SenegambianSerer, CanginWestFound mostly in Senegal and The Gambia. Small number in Mauritania. Also found in the West.1.9[17][18]The Serer people include: Serer-Sine, Serer-Safene, Serer-Ndut, Serer-Palor, Serer-Niominka, Serer-Laalaa, Serer-Noon. Apart from the Serer-Sine, they speak Cangin languages rather than Serer.
TivNiger–Congo, BantuTivWestNigeria, Cameroon2
UrhoboNiger–Congo, Volta–NigerUrhobo, Isoko, Uvwie, Erhowa, OkpeWestNigeria2
WolofNiger–Congo, AtlanticWolofWestSenegal, Gambia, Mauritania4
Yoruba, ItsekiriNiger–Congo, Volta–NigerYorubaWestNigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast[19]Sierra Leone[20]45

Central Africa

Name Family Language Region Country Population (million)[year needed] Notes
AkaNilo-Saharan, PygmyAkaCentral/NorthernWestern Central African Republic, Northwest CongoThe Aka are one of three groups of pygmies, collectively called BaMbuti, of the Ituri Rainforest.
BakaPygmyBakaCentral/NorthernWestern Equatoria in South Sudan0.25There is also another ethnic group called Baka living across West Africa.
BandaNiger-Congo, UbangianBanda languageChad BasinCentral African Republic[22]1.5
ChewaNiger–Congo, BantuChichewaCentral/SouthernBotswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe9
ChokweNiger–Congo, BantuChokweCentralAngola, Congo (Kinshasa), Zambia1.1
EféNilo-Saharan, PygmyEfeCentral/NorthernIturi Rainforest of CongoThe Efe are one of three groups of pygmies, collectively called BaMbuti, of the Ituri Rainforest.
GbayaNiger-Congo, UbangianGbaya languageChad BasinCentral African Republic[22]1.5
KongoNiger–Congo, BantuKongoCentralDemocratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Republic of the Congo10
KanuriNilo-Saharan, Western SaharanKanuriChad BasinNigeria,[10] Niger,[11] Cameroon,[13] Chad[12]10
LingalaNiger–Congo, BantuLingalaCentralDemocratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Angola, Central African Republic
LubaNiger–Congo, BantuLuba-Kasai, Luba-KatangaCentralDemocratic Republic of the Congo13
KotokoAfro-Asiatic, ChadicLagwanChad BasinCameroon, Chad< 1
MbundaNiger–Congo, BantuMbúùnda, Chimbúùnda, MpuonoCentralAngola, Zambia0.5
MbunduNiger–Congo, BantuKimbunduCentralAngola2.4
MoghamoNiger-Congo, Southern BantoidMoghamoCentral/WestCameroon0.018
MongoNiger–Congo, BantuMongoCentralDemocratic Republic of the Congo12
NgamamboNiger-Congo, Southern BantoidNgamamboCentral/WestCameroon0.011
OvimbunduNiger–Congo, BantuUmbunduCentralAngola4.6
SaraNilo-Saharan, Central SudanicSaraChad BasinChad,[12] Cameroon,[23] Central African Republic[24]3.5
SuaNilo-Saharan, PygmySuaCentral/NorthernIturi Rainforest of CongoThe Sua are one of three groups of pygmies, collectively called BaMbuti, of the Ituri Rainforest.
ZandeNiger–Congo, UbangianZandeChad BasinSouth Sudan,[25] Central African Republic[22]1-4
ZaghawaNilo-Saharan, Eastern SaharanZaghawaChad BasinChad, Sudan< 1
North east Africa
Name Family Language Region Country Population (million) Notes
AfarAfro-Asiatic, CushiticAfarHorn of AfricaEthiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea2.5
AgawAfro-Asiatic, CushiticAgawHorn of AfricaEthiopia, Eritrea1
AmharaAfro-Asiatic, SemiticAmharicHorn of AfricaEthiopia24
BejaAfro-Asiatic, CushiticBejaHorn of AfricaSudan, Eritrea2
BilenAfro-Asiatic, CushiticBilenHorn of AfricaEritrea0.2
GurageAfro-Asiatic, SemiticGurageHorn of AfricaEthiopia1.9
OromoAfro-Asiatic, CushiticOromoHorn of AfricaEthiopia, Sudan, Kenya40
RashaidaAfro-Asiatic, SemiticArabicHorn of AfricaEritrea, Sudan0.2
SahoAfro-Asiatic, CushiticSahoHorn of AfricaEritrea, Ethiopia0.2
SidamaAfro-Asiatic, CushiticSidamaHorn of AfricaEthiopia3
SomaliAfro-Asiatic, CushiticSomaliHorn of AfricaSomalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya21
TigrayanAfro-Asiatic, SemiticTigrinyaHorn of AfricaEthiopia, Eritrea9.3
TigreAfro-Asiatic, SemiticTigreHorn of AfricaEritrea, Sudan1.5
TigrinyaAfro-Asiatic, SemiticTigrinyaHorn of AfricaEritrea3.4
WelaytaAfro-Asiatic, OmoticWolayttaHorn of AfricaEthiopia2
Southeast Africa
Name Family Language Region Country Population (million) Notes
AlurNilo-Saharan, Nilotic, LuoAlurEast/CentralUganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo
AnuakNilo-Saharan, Nilotic, LuoAnuakSoutheast/HornSouth Sudan, Ethiopia
AcholiNilo-Saharan, Nilotic, LuoAcholiEastUganda, South Sudan
BanyoroNiger–Congo, BantuNyoro (Runyakitara)EastUganda1.4
BasogaNiger-Congo, BantuSogaEastUganda2.9
ChaggaNiger-Congo, BantuBantuKilimanjaroTanzania8
DinkaNilo-Saharan, Eastern SudanicDinkaNile ValleySouth Sudan[25]5
GandaNiger–Congo, BantuGandaEastUganda5.5
LangiNilo-Saharan, Nilotic, LuoLangoEastUganda2.2
HutuNiger–Congo, BantuRwanda-RundiEast, CentralRwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda16
KambaNiger–Congo, BantuKambaEastKenya
KalenjinNilo-Saharan, Nilotic, HighlandKalenjinEastKenya, Uganda3
KikuyuNiger–Congo, BantuGikuyuEastKenya5.3
KwamaNilo-SaharanKwamaEast/HornSouth Sudan, Ethiopia
Lugbara peopleNilo-Saharan, Central SudanicLugbaraEastUganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo11
LuoNilo-Saharan, Luo, River-LakeLuoEastKenya, Uganda
LuhyaNiger–Congo, BantuLuhyaEastKenya, Uganda5.4
MaasaiNilo-Saharan, Nilotic, PlainsMaasaiEastKenya, Tanzania0.9
MakondeNiger–Congo, BantuMakondeSoutheastTanzania, Mozambique1.3
AmeruNiger–Congo, BantuMeruEastKenya
NuerNilo-Saharan, Eastern SudanicNuerNile ValleySouth Sudan[25]3
SamburuNilo-Saharan, Nilotic, PlainsSamburuEastKenya0.1
ShillukNilo-Saharan, Eastern Sudanic, Nilotic, LuoShillukNile ValleySouth Sudan[25]1.5
SwahiliNiger-Congo, BantuSwahiliEastTanzania, Kenya, Mozambique0.1
TutsiNiger–Congo, BantuRwanda-RundiEast, CentralRwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda3
TwaPygmyRundi, KigaEast, CentralRwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo0.8

Southern Africa

Name Family Language Region Country Population (million) Notes
AfrikanerIndo-EuropeanAfrikaansSouthSouth Africa, Namibia3.5
BembaNiger–Congo, BantuBembaSouthZambia5.0
Cape ColouredIndo-EuropeanAfrikaansSouthSouth Africa4.7
HereroNiger–Congo, BantuHereroSouthNamibia, Botswana, Angola0.2
HimbaNiger–Congo, BantuOtjihimbo (Herero dialect)SouthNamibia0.05
GoffalIndo-EuropeanZimbabwean EnglishSouthZimbabwe0.03
KalangaNiger–Congo, BantuShonaSouthZimbabwe, Botswana0.1
LembaNiger-Congo, BantuVendaSouthZimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique0.05
MakuaNiger–Congo, BantuMakuaSouth/EastMozambique, Tanzania1.1
NambyaNiger–Congo, BantuShonaSouthZimbabwe0.1
North NdebeleNiger-Congo, Bantu, NguniSindebeleSouthZimbabwe1.5
Ovambo (Ambo, Owambo)Niger–Congo, BantuOvamboSouthNamibia0.9
SanKhoisanKhoisanSouthSouth Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Angola0.09
South NdebeleNiger–Congo, BantuSouthern NdebeleSouthSouth Africa0.7
ShonaNiger–Congo, BantuShonaSouthMozambique, Zimbabwe10.6
SothoNiger–Congo, BantuSothoSouthLesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe (Gwanda District)5.3
SwaziNiger-Congo, Bantu, NguniSwaziSouthSwaziland, South Africa, Mozambique3.5
TongaNiger–Congo, BantuShonaSouthZimbabwe, Zambia2
TsongaNiger-Congo, Bantu, NguniTsongaSouthSwaziland, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe (Chiredzi and Mwenezi Districts)5.5
TswanaNiger–Congo, BantuTswanaSouthBotswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe6
VendaNiger–Congo, BantuVendaSouthSouth Africa, Zimbabwe1
XhosaNiger-Congo, Bantu, NguniXhosaSouthSouth Africa7.9
YeyiNiger–Congo, BantuShiyeyiSouthNamibia, Botswana, Angola0.3
ZuluNiger-Congo, Bantu, NguniZuluSouthSouth Africa12
KwangaliNiger–Congo, Bantu Angola Central AfricaRukwangaliSouthNamibia, Botswana, Angola0.7
BanarengNiger-Congo, Bantu, Tswana/SothoNorthern Sotho/SepediSouthSouth Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia,1

See also


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  2. ^Lewis, Peter (2007). Growing Apart: Oil, Politics, and Economic Change in Indonesia and Nigeria. University of Michigan Press. p. 132. ISBN 0-472-06980-2. Retrieved 2008-11-23.
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  4. ^Tishkoff, SA; et al. (2009). "The Genetic Structure and History of Africans and African Americans" (PDF). Science. 324 (5930): 1037–39. Bibcode:2009Sci...324.1035T. doi:10.1126/science.1172257. PMC 2947357. PMID 19407144. We incorporated geographic data into a Bayesian clustering analysis, assuming no admixture (TESS software) (25) and distinguished six clusters within continental Africa (Fig. 5A). The most geographically widespread cluster (orange) extends from far Western Africa (the Mandinka) through central Africa to the Bantu speakers of South Africa (the Venda and Xhosa) and corresponds to the distribution of the Niger-Kordofanian language family, possibly reflecting the spread of Bantu-speaking populations from near the Nigerian/Cameroon highlands across eastern and southern Africa within the past 5000 to 3000 years (26,27). Another inferred cluster includes the Pygmy and SAK populations (green), with a noncontiguous geographic distribution in central and southeastern Africa, consistent with the STRUCTURE (Fig. 3) and phylogenetic analyses (Fig. 1). Another geographically contiguous cluster extends across northern Africa (blue) into Mali (the Dogon), Ethiopia, and northern Kenya. With the exception of the Dogon, these populations speak an Afroasiatic language. Chadic-speaking and Nilo-Saharan–speaking populations from Nigeria, Cameroon, and central Chad, as well as several Nilo-Saharan–speaking populations from southern Sudan, constitute another cluster (red). Nilo-Saharan and Cushitic speakers from the Sudan, Kenya, and Tanzania, as well as some of the Bantu speakers from Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda (Hutu/Tutsi), constitute another cluster (purple), reflecting linguistic evidence for gene flow among these populations over the past ~5000 years (28,29). Finally, the Hadza are the sole constituents of a sixth cluster (yellow), consistent with their distinctive genetic structure identified by PCA and STRUCTURE.
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  9. ^The total number of languages natively spoken in Africa is variously estimated (depending on the delineation of language vs. dialect) at between 1,250 and 2,100. Heine, Bernd; Heine, Bernd, eds. (2000). African Languages: an Introduction. Cambridge University Press. Some counts estimate "over 3,000", e.g. Epstein, Edmund L.; Kole, Robert, eds. (1998). The Language of African Literature. Africa World Press. p. ix. ISBN 0-86543-534-0. Retrieved 2011-06-23. over 3,000 indigenous languages by some counts, and many creoles, pidgins, and lingua francas.. Niger-Congo alone accounts for the majority of languages (and the majority of population), estimated at 1,560 languages by SIL Ethnologue) ("Ethnologue report for Nigeria". Ethnologue Languages of the World.)
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