Shanga

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Shangawa, Shonga, Shongawa
Population

6,000 (2012 R. Jones). Ethnic population: 20,000 (2010 R. Jones). There is ethnic Shanga population speaking Hausa [hau] in Shanga, Dugu Tsofo, and some other villages in Kebbi State between Kaoje and Yauri, Niger river, both sides.

Location

Kebbi State, Sakace, Lopo, Sawa, and Samia villages south of Nasarawa, within a km of the Niger River.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Not inherently intelligible with the Busa group. Lexical similarity: 78% with Kyanga [tye], 54%–65% with the Busa group.

Language Use

Shifting to Hausa [hau]. All ages. 100% also use Hausa [hau].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim.