|Native to||Namibia, Angola|
|Region||Okavango and Ovamboland Territory|
Sekele is the northern variety of the !Kung dialect continuum. It was widespread in southern Angola before the civil war, but those varieties are now spoken principally among a diaspora in northern Namibia. There are also a number of dialects spoken in Northernmost Namibia.
Sekele goes by a number of names. "Sekele" itself derives from Vasekele, the Angolan Bantu name. It is also known as Northern !Kung (or equivalently "Northern ǃXuun", "Northern Ju" and several other variants). Two of the Angolan varieties have gone by the outdated term ǃʼOǃKung (or ǃʼO ǃuŋ [ǃˀoːǃʰũ] "Forest ǃKung") and Maligo (short for "Sekele Maligo"). There are several Namibian dialects, of which the best known is Ekoka.
There is a division between the northernmost dialects, formerly known as Angolan !Kung and sometimes simply as Northern !Kung, the more southern dialects of northernmost Namibian, known as Western !Kung or North-Central !Kung, and Kavango !Kung to their east.
The Okongo, Ovambo and Mpunguvlei dialects may duplicate (W1) and (K) or be additional forms.
A dialect of Angolan Sekele currently being investigated by linguists has been labeled Mangetti Dune !Kung, and is spoken by a resettled diaspora community of 500–1000 in Namibia and South Africa in the settlements of Mangetti Dune and Omtaku (Omatako?), east of Grootfontein, Namibia, halfway to the Botswana border; and in Schmidtsdrif, west of Kimberley, South Africa.
Mangetti Dune !Kung has clicks with four places of articulation, /ǃ ǀ ǁ ǂ/. (A reported distinction between dental lateral and postalveolar lateral clicks has not been confirmed by further research.)
These come in the same eight series as in Grootfontein !Kung, here represented with the palatal articulation: