Gwamhi-Wuri

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Lyase, Lyase-Ne
Population

16,000 (2000).

Location

Kebbi State, Wasugu LGA, Danko-Maga area; Niger State, Magama LGA, Dusai and Kwimu; Gwamfawa around Danko; Wurawa around Maga; migrants in Niger State.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Dialects

Gwamhi (Abaangi, Banga, Banganci, Bangawa, Gwamfanci, Gwamfi Gwamfawa), Mba (Kokanawa), Wuri (Wuranci, Wurawa). Dialects have slight lexical and tonal differences. Lexical similarity: 57% with ut-Ma’in [gel], 47% with Hun-Saare [dud], 43% with C’lela [dri].

Language Use

Many Gwamfawa assimilating to Lela culture and language, while the Wurawa assimilating to Hausa [hau]. Also use C’lela [dri], Hausa [hau].

Other Comments

Ethnonym: Bangawa by Hausa, glossonym: Banganci; ‘Lyase’, mother tongue.