WHAT ARE THE TEN MOST SPOKEN LANGUAGES IN AFRICA?
ENGLISH: This is statiscally spoken by 700million Africans. One of the lanuguages spoken all over the world. In Africa, English is the dominant language of Botswana, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Sudan, Cameroon, Liberia, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. Around 17 countries were colonised by the British.
ARABIC: Around 100 million people in Africa speak this language. It’s the primary language of Algeria, Mauritania, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt.
SWAHILI: More than 100million Africans speak this language. It’s the official of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Swahili is a bantu language and is spoken in many communities in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique,Tanzania, Burundi &DRC.
FRENCH: Spoken by over 90 million Africans; French like English is one of the very few universal lanugages. Approximately 18 African countries were colonized by France. Afew countries in Africa were French is the official language are; Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali, Djibouti.
HAUSA: More than 50 million Africans speak this language. Hausa is the most widely spoken language in west Africa. Another 17 million people speak Hausa as a second language. Hausa is written in Arabic characters, and about one-fourth of Hausa words come from Arabic. Many Hausa can read and write Arabic. Many can also speak either French or English.
OROMO: Spoken by more than 30 million people. Although not the official language of any country; it’s spoken by people in Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya and Somalia.
YORUBA: Spoken by around 40 million people, The Yoruba are among the most urbanized people in Africa because centuries before the arrival of the British colonial administration, most Yoruba already lived in well structured urban centers organized around powerful city-states (Ìlú) centered around the residence of the Oba.
IGBO: Estimatedly spoken by 20 million Africans. This native language of the Igbo people it has over 20 dialects and like Yoruba is a tonal lanugage. Yhe Igbos believe that every individual is born with a chi (A chi is some sort of guardian angel or spiritual assistant) and that the fate and destiny of the individual is determined by the chi. There’s an Igbo adage that says “ofu nne na amu mana ofu chi adighi eke” meaning that one mother can give birth to the same children but they aren’t guided (in this context its created) by the same chi.
AMHARIC: 18.7 million people speak this language and is the official language of Ethopia. After Arabic it is the second mostspoken semitic lauguage in the world. . Ethiopia is the only country in Africa with its own alphabet. Actually it uses an abugida, also known as an alpha-syllabary, which consists of 209 symbols and 25 letter variants.
ZULU:About 10million Africans speak this lanaguage a vast majority of whom live in South Africa. The Zulu peoples language is called isiZulu. IsiZulu is part of the Nguni subgroup of the Bantu language. It is South Africa’s most widely spoken language. Many Zulus also speak several of South Africa’s eleven other official languages including English, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Shangaan, and Sesotho.