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List of African Languages and Where They are Spoken

African Languages are numerous. there are about 2000 languages, many of which are on the verge of extinction. Most of the Languages spoken in Africa are can be classified under three language groups, mainly the Afroasiatic, Nilo-Saharan, and the Niger-Congo Language families.

Afroasiatic languages are spoken mostly in North Africa and in the horn of Africa. this group also extends into western Asia and in the Sahel.

Nilo-Saharan languages are the different languages spoken along the Nile valley and down into the areas around the river Niger, while the Niger-Congo language family is spoken in most of West Africa.

There are also many unclassified languages and many more languages that fall under smaller language groups.

African Languages by country:

NB: This table represents the most popular languages in the country. Nigeria has over 500 languages and dialects. Click here for a list of all languages.

Country Languages
Algeria Berber
Angola Umbundu
Benin Fon, Yoruba
Botswana Setswana
Burkina-faso Mossi, Dyula
Burundi Kirundi, Swahili
Cameroon Fulfulde
Cape Verde Kabuverdianu
CAR Sangho, Banda, Gbaya
Chad Sara
Comoros Shikomoro
D.R. Congo Lingala, Kigwana
Congo Lingala, Kikongo, Monokotuba
Cote d’ivoire Dioula
Djibouti Somali, Afar
Egypt Arabic
Equatorial Guinea Fang, Bubi, Ibo
Eritrea Tigrinya, Tigre, Afar
Ethiopia Amharic, Oromo
Gabon Feng, Nzebi, Myene
The Gambia Mandinka, Wolof, Fula
Ghana Akan, Ewe, Ga
Guinea Soussou, Maninka, KIssi
Guinea Bissau Ciruolo
Kenya Kiswahili
Lesotho Sesotho, Zulu, Xhosa
Liberia Creole
Libya Arabic
Madagascar Malagasy
Malawi Tumbuka, Lomwe, Nyanja
Mali Bambara, Dogoso, Fulfulde
Mauritania Hassaniya Arabic, Soninke
Mauritius Hindi, Urdu, Hakka
Morocco Berber, Arabic
Mozambique Tsonga, Makhuwa
Namibia Afrikaans
Niger Hausa, Djerma
Nigeria Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba
Rwanda Kinyarwanda, Swahili
Senegal Wolof, Pula, Mandinka
Sierra Leone Mende, Temne
Somalia Somali
South-Africa Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Siswati
Sudan Nubian
Tanzania Kiswahili
Togo Ewe, Dagomba, Kabye
Tunisia Arabic
Uganda Ganda, Acoli
Zambia Bemba, Kaonda, Lunda
Zimbabwe Chishona, Ndebele
African languages by country

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