A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Shangawa, Shonga, Shongawa

5,400 (2015 R. Jones). Ethnic population: 20,000 (2010 R. Jones). There is ethnic Shanga population speaking Hausa [hau] in Shanga, Dugu Tsofo, and some other villages in Kebbi State between Kaoje and Yauri, Niger river, both sides.


Kebbi state: Lopo, Sakace, Kawama, and Sawa villages, within a km of the Niger river.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. Not inherently intelligible with the Busa group. Lexical similarity: 78% with Kyanga [tye], 54%–65% with the Busa group.

Language Use

Shifting to Hausa [hau]. Used by all. All also use Hausa [hau].

Language Development

Literacy materials are available (2015 R. Jones).

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim.

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