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Efik language

(Efik proper)
Native to Southern Nigeria
Region Cross River State
Ethnicity Efik
Native speakers
400,000  (1998)[1]
Second language: 2 million
Language codes
ISO 639-2 efi
ISO 639-3 efi
Glottolog efik1245[2]

Efik [3] proper, also known as Riverain Ibibio,[4] is the native language of the Efik people of Nigeria, where it is a national language. It is the official language of the Cross River State in Nigeria.

The name Efik is also used for Ibibio-Efik.


  1. ^ Efik at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Efik". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Laurie Bauer, 2007, The Linguistics Student’s Handbook, Edinburgh
  4. ^ Okon E. Essien, 1986, Ibibio names: their structure and their meanings
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