Igala language

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Native to Nigeria
Native speakers
1,000,000 (2003)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 igl
Glottolog igal1242[2]

Igala is a Volta–Niger language. It is spoken by the Igala ethnic group of Nigeria. In 1989 an estimated 800,000 spoke Igala, primarily in Kogi State, Delta State and Edo State. Dialects include Ebu, Idah, Imane, Ankpa, Dekina, Ogugu, Ibaji and Ife. The Agatu, Idoma and Bassa people use Igala for primary school. The Igala language, as well as Igala culture and tradition, has influenced other languages and cultures around the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers.


  1. ^ Igala at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Igala". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.