Nkem-Nkum

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A language of Nigeria

Population

51,000 (Yoder), increasing. 26,600 Nkem, 24,400 Nkum.

Location

Cross River state: Ogoja LGA.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Nkem (Adagom, Ishibori, Nkim, Ogboja), Nkum (Alladim, Ibil, Igordori, Ikangdangha, Ishiaya, Ishindede, Nkum-Iborr). Dialects more than 75% mutually intelligible. Lexical similarity: 89% between dialects, 65%–67% with Nnam [nbp], 63%–67% with Ekajuk [eka], 71% with Abanyom [amb], 53%–58% with Nde-Nsele-Nta [ndd], 51%–52% with Efutop [ofu].

Language Use

Vigorous. Home. All ages. Positive attitudes. 5,000 also use Yala [yba]. Also use Ekajuk [eka], Nigerian Pidgin [pcm], Nnam [nbp]. Used as L2 by Abanyom [abm], Efutop [ofu], Nnam [nbp].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 3%. Literacy rate in L2: 35% in English. English [eng] used in school.
Other Comments

Christian.