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Covers the "Benue+East Kwa" reference area (the north-western section of "old Benue-Congo", plus the eastern section of "old Kwa") within the "Volta-Congo" affinity, within the wider "Transafrican" continental affinity.
Comprising 11 sets of languages (= 209 outer languages) spoken by communities in eastern West Africa, centered on the lower Niger + Benue basin, between the Togo Highlands and Cameroon Highlands.
A continuum of relationships among languages covered by phylozones 98=Benuic and 99=Bantuic passes through the transitional languages of the  Junaare + Tagbo (Mambila + Samba-Daka) chain.