GITNUX MARKETDATA REPORT 2024

African Language Popularity Statistics

African language popularity statistics indicate a wide range of language usage across the continent, with languages such as Swahili, Hausa, and Yoruba being among the most widely spoken and understood.

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"According to Ethnologue, there are over 2000 distinct languages spoken in Africa."

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"Swahili is the most spoken African language, with over 100 million speakers."

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"Arabic, the official language of 25 African countries, is spoken by over 140 million people in Africa."

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"Amharic is the second most spoken Semitic language in the world after Arabic with approximately 22 million speakers."

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"Nearly 50% of South Africans speak IsiZulu as their first language."

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"Yoruba, a Nigerian language, is spoken by about 20 million people in West Africa."

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"The Hausa language, spoken in Nigeria, Niger, and Ghana, has around 40 million first-language speakers."

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"Approximately 10 million people speak Igbo in Nigeria."

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"There are roughly 16 million Chichewa speakers in Africa, making it one of Malawi's main languages."

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"Over 16 million people in Africa speak the Somali language."

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"Akan language is spoken by 47% of the Ghanaian population."

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"Almost one-third of Zimbabweans communicate in Shona."

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"Oromo language is spoken by approximately 30 million people in Ethiopia."

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"Malagasy, the national language of Madagascar, has approximately 25 million speakers."

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"Ibibio, spoken by the Ibibio people of southern Nigeria, is spoken by around 1.5 to 2 million people."

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"Tswana is spoken in Botswana and South Africa, with a total of approximately 5.3 million speakers."

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"Kinande language, spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has about 1 million speakers."

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"Approximately 7.6 million people speak Kinyarwanda in Rwanda."

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"Afrikaans, derived from Dutch, is spoken by roughly 7.2 million people in South Africa."

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