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Top Ten Best English Speaking Countries In Africa

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  • About 27 out of 54 countries on the continent speak the English language as their official or secondary language
  • There are about 2000 local (African) languages with  525 native languages alone spoken in Nigeria.

Unlike most continents, africa is a home for diversity in culture and of course ‘Language’. There are about 2000 local (African) languages with  525 ot them alone spoken in Nigeria.

Some African countries prefer to use their local languages in school at the early age of the child’s education while some use English. Telling which (Local or English language) is better for educating a young child will Of course producing an Objective answers.

Apart from Rwanda and Eritrea, most of these countries that speak Englis were colonised by the Bristain Or at least were once British colonies.

This Ranking Produced By CCJK Shows Top Ten Best English Speaking Countries In Aftrica

10. Rwanda

Rwanda, located in the Central part of Africa, is the 46th largesest countries in the African continent with an area of 26,798 km2 (10,347 sq mi). With a population of about 13 million, the country has only 0.2% of the population which speaks English. It is the third official language and language of business correspondence in the country, after Kinyarwanda and Swahili. Kinyarwanda remains the most widely spoken and national language in the country.

09. Ghanan

Located in the Western part of Africa Ghana comes ranked 9th on the list of English speaking countries in Africa. With a population of 31 million and as 32nd largest country in Africa with an area of 238,534 km2 (92,098 sq mi), the official language and the lingua franca is English.

08. Malawi

Located in the Southeastern part of Africa and as 36th largest country with an area of 118,484 km2 (45,747 sq mi), Malawi has a population of 19 million. The official language is English but only 26% of the population can speak it. The national language of Malawi is Chichewa and  57% of the population speaks it.

07. Zimbabwe

 The population of Zimbabwe is about 14.8 million, and is ranked as the seventh-best English speaking country in Africa and is the 26th largest country in Africa with an area of 390,757 km2 (150,872 sq mi)

surprisingly, only 5% of the total population speaks English as a native language in Zimbabwe but almost 89% of the total population can speak it fluently. English is their lingua franca, while the main language spoken by 70% of the population is Shona.

06. Botswana

Botswana is a landlocked country which is located in the Southern part of Africa and is the 23rd largest country in Africa with an area of 581,726 km2 (224,606 sq mi). With a population of about 2 million, English is the official language of the country despite more people speaking Setswana.

2.8% speak English and is the language of business and academic correspondence in the country and is equally used in formal communication as well.

05. Zambia

Located in the south-central part of Africa is Zambia and is the 17th largest country in Africa with an area of 752,614 km2 (290,586 sq mi). English is the official language of the country with a population of 18 million. Like most African country, Zambia has several indigenous languages.

English is spoken for business and official correspondence in the region and other than English, the main local language is Nyanja.

04. Kenya

Kenya is located is the East Africa nation ranked fourth in the list of best English speaking countries in Africa. With a population of 54 million and as the 24th largest country in Africa with an area of 580,367 km2 (224,081 sq mi) their official language is English and about 2.7 million people speak and understand English.

Majority of the citizens speake Swahili but English language is the medium of instructions in Kenyan schools.

03. Nigeria

As the third-best English speaking country in the African continent and as well as the 14th largest country in Africa with an area of 923,768 km2 (356,669 sq mi), Nigeria boasts of about 210 million population, out of which 79 million can speak English.

The official language and the lingua franca is English, and is the language of politics and formal communication. Nigerian Pidgin, derived from English, is for informal communication. About 525 local languages are spoken in Nigeria

02. South Africa

South Africa Located in the Southern part of Africa and as the 9th largest country in Africa with an area of 1,221,037 km2 (471,445 sq mi), this country ranks as the second-best English speaking country in the Africa.

About 4.8 million people in South Africa speak English as their first language which makes up about 9.6% of the country’s total population.

01. Uganda

As number one in the list of Top Ten Best English Speaking Countries In Aftrica, Uganda has a population of 45 million, and about 29 million speak the English language. Located in the Eastern part of Africa, it is the 33rd largest country in Africa with an area of 241,037 km2 (93,065 sq mi)

English has been the official language of Uganda since her independence. Swahili is the second official language of the country. Presently, Luganda is the official language of Uganda, but many people still speak English.

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