A language of Uganda


Alternate Names
High Lugbara, Logbara, Lubarati, Lugbarati, Western Lugbara

797,000 in Uganda (2004), increasing. 90,800 in Vurra, 171,000 in Ayivu, 146,000 in Maracha, 158,000 in Terego, 95,500 in Madi Okollo, 42,400 in Arua Municipality, 93,800 in Koboko. Total users in all countries: 1,637,000.


Arua, Koboko, Maracha, and Yumbe districts.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Arua (Standard Lugbara), Maracha, Terego (Omugo). Lexical similarity: 93% with Maracha and Terego dialects, 87% with Arua and Terego dialects, 80% with Arua dialect and Ogoko Southern Madi [snm], 76% with Arua dialect and Okollo Southern Madi [snm] (1992 SIL).

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, work, markets. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Swahili [swh]. Used as L2 by Alur [alz], Southern Ma’di [snm].

Language Development
Literacy campaign in progress (2012). Taught in primary schools. Taught in secondary schools, as a subject. Poetry. Radio programs. Films. Dictionary. Bible: 1966.

Latin script [Latn], used since 1922, revised in 2010.

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.

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