Basa

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Abacha, Abatsa, Basa-Benue, “Bassa-Komo” (pej.), “Bassa-Kwomu” (pej.), Rubasa, Rubassa
Population

100,000 (1973 SIL).

Location

Kogi state: Bassa and Ankpa LGAs, confluence of Niger and Benue rivers; Nassarawa state: Nasarawa LGA; enclave on Nassarawa-Benue border; Benue state: Makurdi LGA.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

North-south dialect division along Benue River.

Language Use

Also use Igala [igl], Nupe-Nupe-Tako [nup].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 5%. NT: 1972.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], in development.

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.