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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