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

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

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

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

Language Use

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

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

Latin script [Latn], no longer in use.

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim, traditional religion.

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