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Uneme (Ileme) is an Edoid language of Nigeria. Uneme is the language spoken by the Uneme people of the present day Edo State, Nigeria. Uneme is one of the minority tribes in Edo State. This is because of the different locations they have settled in around Edo State and other parts of the country. Currently, there are ten Uneme towns or communities scattered in three Local Government Areas of Edo State. Uneme-Anegbette is the headquarters of South Uneme Clan, Uneme-Udochi, and Unemeh-Imiava, located in Etsako Central Local Government Area; Uneme-Uzanu is the headquarters of South East Uneme Clan located in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State; and Uneme-Nekhua, Uneme-Akiosu, Uneme-Erhurun, Uneme-Akpama, Uneme-Ekpedo, and Uneme-Ayetoro, located in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area, all in the Northern part of Edo State, Nigeria. The Uneme Tribal house was the greatest blacksmith in the early Benin Kingdom before the Portuguese and the British invaded. They were a people of like minds, united and powerful in the earliest Benin Kingdom known for ironcraft works, producing weapons of war and farming implements, a gift credited to them brought from their god known as Orisanabulah.

Native toNigeria
RegionEdo State
Native speakers
20,000 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3une


  1. ^ Uneme at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Uneme". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.