Gbari

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Gbari Yamma, Gwari Yamma, Nkwa, West Gwari
Population

350,000 (2002 SIL).

Location

Niger state: Zungeru to Kaduna river north, southeast through Minna, Chanchaga, Paiko, Suleija, Agaie, Rafi, and Lapai LGAs; Abuja Capital Territory, Gwagwalada past Kwali; Kogi state: Kogi LGA.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Botai, Gayegi, Gbagyi Nkwa, Izem, Jezhu, Kong, Kwali, Kwange (Agbawi, Kangye, Wake, Wi), Paiko, Wahe. Lexical similarity: 89%–98% with major dialects, 66%–78% with Gbagyi dialects.

Language Use

All non-formal contexts. All ages. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1925–2011.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 2001.

Other Comments

Do not want to be considered Gbagyi [gbr]. Muslim, Christian, traditional religion.