We bring to your notice a list of extinct Nigerian languages. According to Ethnologue SIL, there are no living speakers of these languages. There were no generational transits in the family of the speakers, and this is the case in most cases. Somehow, parents stopped speaking these languages to their children hence, stopped their generational flow. Here are the languages we dug up:
Ajawa: This language is from Bauchi state and it became extinct between 1920-1940! Why? The folks around that time switched to Hausa language and stopped speaking Ajawa. It is also known as Aja or Ajanci by some people.
Basa-Gumna:This language has been dead since 1987! The speakers were from Niger state, Chanchagi local government in Plateau state and Nassarawa state.
Holma: Also known as Bali Holma, Da Holmaci. The speakers were from Adamawa state and the language has been dead for a long time now; replaced by Fulfude.
Kpati: The speakers were from Wukari, Taraba State.
Luri: The speakers were from Kayarda and Luri villages, Bauchi state. The language has since been replaced by Hausa.
Mawa: The speakers were from Mara village, Toro local government in Bauchi. There are no living speakers of this language.
O’chi’chi: The speakers are from Ikwewengo and Umuebulu, Rivers state.
20-50 years from now, it has been predicted that about 20 more Nigerian languages may be extinct. The question is, how can you help avoid this cultural disaster now and later?
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