A language of Kenya

Alternate Names
Digo, Kidigo

313,000 (2009 census), increasing. Total users in all countries: 401,000.


Kwale county: south of Mombasa.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Chichifundi, Chichinondo, Chigwirani. Partially intelligible with Kigiryama [nyf] but most remote from Kigiryama of the Mijikenda subgroup. Lexical similarity: 74% with Chiduruma [dug], 72% with Chichonyi [coh] and Kiswahili [swh], 71% with Kiswahili dialects Mrima and Mvita, 67% with Amu [swh], 62% with Bajun [swh], 58% with Upper Pokomo [pkb].

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, social gatherings. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Chiduruma [dug], Swahili [swh]. Used as L2 by Chiduruma [dug].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 30%. Literature. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Texts. NT: 2007.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

9 ethnic groups form the Mijikenda community. Moderate degree of Kiswahili [swh] and Islamic cultural influence. Digo is the tribal name. Muslim.

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