A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
E Idza, Janjo, Jen, Jenjo
Ngwa Idza

100,000 (2014 NBTT).


Adamawa state: Lamurde and Numan LGAs; Gombe state: Balanga LGA; Taraba state: Ardokola, Gassol, Ibi, Jalingo, Karim Lamido, and Lau LGAs; main town is Dza by Benue river.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Language Use

Home, market, work, community. Some young people, all adults. Positive attitudes. Most also use Hausa [hau], Nigerian Pidgin [pcm]. Used as L2 by Shoo-Minda-Nye [bcv].

Language Development

Over 100 people have been taught to read and write Jenjo.


Latin script [Latn], in development.

Other Comments

There are four main groups within the language that settled in different locations but have no differences in their speech, they are: Ye (Saredou, Kaigama), Dzaka (Kachala), Ngwabang (Saretunde), and E ’ Zhi (Jaule). Christian, Muslim.

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