Nago, Northern


A language of Benin

Alternate Names
Ana, Manigri, Manigri-Kambolé Ede Nago

30,000 in Benin (2002). All Nago: 732,000 (2016). Total users in all countries: 70,000.


Borgou department: Tchaourou commune; Donga department: Bantè commune south of Bassila town, Bassila commune south and west of Bassila town.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. Lexical similarity: 87%–91% with Ede Nago [nqk], 77% with Yoruba [yor] of Porto-Novo, 78% with Ife [ife] of Tchetti.

Language Use

All domains. Used by all. Also use French [fra].

Language Development

Literacy classes using Yoruba materials started in 1977. Post literacy activities began in 1995.


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.

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