Obolo

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Andone, Andoni, Andonni
Population

250,000 (2012 U. Aaron), increasing.

Location

Rivers State, Andoni LGA; Akwa Ibom State, Eastern Obolo LGA, islands and peninsulas off southern coast. Ibibio [ibb] language area is east and northeast, Ogoni [ogo] is northwest, Ibani [iby] west, Atlantic Ocean is south.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Ataba, Ibot Obolo, Ngo, Okoroete, Unyeada. Ngo (in the Central area) is prestige dialect.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Also use English [eng], Ibibio [ibb], Igbo [ibo].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 20%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. 90% of children attend school. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Magazines. New media. Radio programs. TV. Grammar. Bible: 2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1987.

Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Obolo; Ethnonym: Andoni by the government. Stronger Obolo ethnic identity being established in the east. Christian, traditional religion.