Afade language

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Native to Cameroon, Nigeria
Region Far North Province, Cameroon; Borno State, Nigeria
Native speakers
5,000 in Cameroon (2004)[1]
unknown number in Nigeria
Language codes
ISO 639-3 aal
Glottolog afad1236[2]

Afaɗə (Afade) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in eastern Nigeria and northwestern Cameroon.[1]


Afade is a member of the Biu-Mandara group of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. It is related to the Cameroonian languages Mpade, Maslam, Malgbe, Mser, and Lagwan.


Geographic distribution[edit]

The speakers of Afade are the indigenous Kotoko people of Cameroon and Nigeria. In Cameroon, it is spoken in the far North region: Logone-and-Chari division, south Makari subdivision, Afade area. The language is spoken by 6,700 Cameroon speakers.

In Nigeria, Afade is spoken by 40,000 speakers in Borno state, Ngala LGA, 12 villages.

There are no known dialects.


  1. ^ a b Afaɗə at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Afade". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 


  • P. Bouny. 1977. "Inventaire phonetique d'un parler Kotoko: le Mandagué de Mara," Etudes Phonologiques Tschadiennes. Ed. Jean-Pierre Caprile. Paris: SELAF. Pages 59–77.