Kanuri, Central

Language Data

  • Alternate names: Beriberi, Bornu, Kanouri, Kanoury, Yerwa Kanuri; Also, in Cameroon: "Baribari", "Beriberi", Bornouan, Bornouans, Bornu, Kanouri, Kanoury, Kole, Kolere, Sirata, Yerwa Kanuri; in Chad: Aga, "Baribari", "Beriberi", Bornouan, Bornouans, Bornu, Kanouri, Kanoury, Kole, Kolere, Sirata, Yerwa Kanuri; in Niger: "Beriberi", Bornouans, Bornu, Kanouri, Kanoury, Kole, Sirata, Yerwa Kanuri; in Sudan: "Beriberi", Bornouans, Bornu, Kanouri, Kanoury, Kole, Sirata, Yerwa Kanuri
  • Dialects: Dagara, Fadawa, Guvja, Kabari, Kaga, Kagama, Kuvuri, Kwayam, Lare, Lere, Maiduguri, Mao, Mavar, Mobber, Mober, Movar, Mowor, Ngazar, Njesko, Sugurti, Temageri, Yerwa
  • Scriptures published:
    • New Testament (1997)
    • Portions (1949)
    • FCBH  (1997 Bible Society of Nigeria)  See above
    • The JESUS Film See above
  • Literacy: No information available.
    Second Language: No information available.
  • Primary country: Nigeria
  • Region: Borno state: Kukawa, Kaga, Konduga, Maiduguri, Monguno, Ngala, Bama, and Gwoza LGAs; Yobe state: Nguru, Geidam, Damaturu, Fika, Fune, and Gujba LGAs; Gombe state: 1 enclave in each of Yamaltu-Deba, Akko, and Kwami LGAs
  • Also used in: Cameroon, Chad, Eritrea, Niger, Sudan
  • Religion: Muslim
  • Number of users: 3,240,500 (3,000,000 in Nigeria (Gunnemark and Kenrick 1985); 56,500 in Cameroon (1982 SIL); 104,000 in Chad (2006); 80,000 in Niger (1998); )
  • Vitality: Wider Communication

(data from Ethnologue and other sources)