|Central Lower Cross|
|Ethnicity||Annang, Efik, Ibibio|
|Cross River State, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria|
'Efik is the major dialect cluster of the Cross River branch of Benue–Congo. Efik proper has national status in Nigeria and is the literary standard of the Efik languages, though Ibibio proper has more native speakers.
Efik-Ibibio is a dialect cluster spoken by about 9.5 million people of Akwa Ibom State and Cross River States of Nigeria, making it the sixth largest language cluster in Nigeria after Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani and Kanuri.
The major Efik-Ibibio languages are:
Minor varieties, according to Williamson and Blench,[note 1] are:
These arguably constitute a single language, though Ethnologue considers them to be separate.
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