A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Ebe Cluster, Putukwam

L1 users: 70,000 (2012 L. Otronyi).


Cross River state: Obudu, Ogoja, and Bekwarra LGAs; Benue state: Vandeika LGA.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Utugwang (Otukwang, Utukwang), Okworogung (Ukworogung), Ukwortung (Okorotung), Afrike (Aferike, Utumane), Mgbenege (Ngbenege), Irungene (Mbe Afal, Mbe East, Mbube Eastern, Obe, Upper Mbe). Utugwang intelligible of all dialects. Afrike and Irungene are mutually intelligible. Lexical similarity: Irungene 89% with Afrike, 80%–86% with Utugwang sub-group; Afrike and Irungene 67%–78% with Utugwang subgroup.

Language Use

Home, village. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Bekwarra [bkv], English [eng], Nigerian Pidgin [pcm].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%.

Latin script [Latn], in development.

Other Comments

Utugwang, Okwortung, Okworogung, and Mgbenege accept Utugwang as a cover term. Christian, traditional religion.

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