Most Spoken Languages In Africa: Top 10

Africa, the second largest continent in the world is home to some interesting people and culture. This continent has over 2000 languages spoken in it, with Nigeria having more than 250 local languages.

Here are the top 10 most spoken languages in Africa:

1. English, More Than 700 Million Speakers In Africa:

Chiefly spoken among former British colonies, the English language is widespread in Africa. It is the primary language of Botswana, Cameroon, Rwanda, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana and it is given official status with 10 other languages in South Africa.

2. Arabic, More Than 100 Million Speakers In Africa:

This language is widespread in Africa and spoken among mostly North African countries but can also be found in Eritrea, Somalia, Chad, Sudan, Djibouti and Western Sahara.

3. Swahili, More Than 100 Million Speakers In Africa:


This is the official language of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Swahili is also spoken in Mozambique, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

4. French, More Than 90 Million Speakers In Africa:

French is spoken throughout former French colonies in Africa. It is spoken by many people indeed. Chief nations that speak French in Africa are Morocco, Algeria, Senegal, Rwanda amongst others.

5. Hausa, More Than 50 Million Speakers In Africa:

A very widely spoken language in Africa. Many people in Western, Northern and Central Africa speak Hausa. This unique language has between 23 and 25 consonant phonemes.

6. Oromo, More Than 30 Million Speakers In Africa:

This language is common to many people residing in the Horn of Africa and it is a Cushitic language. It is mostly spoken in Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Egypt.

7. Yoruba, More Than 30 Million Speakers In Africa:

The Yoruba language is widely spoken by the people of South-western Nigeria. It is also widely spoken in Togo and the Republic of Benin.

8. Igbo, More Than 24 Million People In Africa:

Igbo is the native language of the people of the south-eastern part of Nigeria. This tonal language, written in Latin characters, isn’t diversified into more than 20 dialects.

9. Amharic, More Than 18.7 Million Speakers In Africa:

After Arabic, Amharic is the second most Spoken Semitic language in the world. This unique language is the official working language of Ethiopia.

10. Zulu, More Than 10 Million Speakers In Africa:

Also known as isiZulu, it is mainly spoken in Eastern and Southern Africa. This unique language is written with Latin characters and is widely used in South African media.

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