Eloyi language

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Native toNigeria
RegionBenue State, Nassarawa State
Native speakers
25,000 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3afo

Eloyi, or Afu (Afo), is a poorly attested Plateau language of uncertain classification. It is spoken by the Eloyi people of Agatu LGA, Benue State and Nassarawa State in Nigeria.


Armstrong (1955, 1983) classified Eloyi as Idomoid, but that identification was based on a single word list and Armstrong later expressed doubts. All other preliminary accounts classify it as Plateau, and Blench (2008) leaves it as a separate branch of Plateau.

Blench (2007)[3] considers Eloyi to be a divergent Plateau language that has undergone Idomoid influence, rather than vice versa.


  1. ^ Eloyi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Eloyi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Blench, Roger. 2007. The Eloyi language of Central Nigeria and its affinities.