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 LGA’s; Federal Capital Territory, Gwagwalada past Kwali; Nassarawa State, Nasarawa 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.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1925–2011.
Writing
Latin script, used since 2001.
Other Comments

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