Esan

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Anwain, Esa, Isa, Ishan
Population

300,000 (Okojie 1994). 7,000 Ekpon in 7 villages (1998).

Location

Edo state: Esan Central, Esan North-East, Esan South-East, Esan West LGAs; Delta state: Aniocha North LGA.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Egoro (Egholo), Ekpoma (Ekpon, Ekunma), Ewatto (Ebhoato), Ewohimi (Ebhoikimi), Ewu (Eilu), Igueben, Irrua (Uruwa), Ogwa, Opoji (Ukpozi), Ubiaja (Ubiaza), Ugboha (Owoha), Uromi (Uronmun).

Language Use

Also use English [eng], Ika [ikk], Nigerian Pidgin [pcm].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. TV. Bible portions: 1974.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], no longer in use.

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim, traditional religion.