Where in Africa do they Speak English

Where in Africa do they Speak English
Where in Africa do they Speak English

Many people assume that English is only spoken in the United States and commonwealth countries. The truth is, there are many African countries where English is an important language. This post will highlight some of these African countries and English as a primary language and for international purposes.

Sixty-four percent of native English speakers live in the United States, 16.6 percent in the United Kingdom, 5.3 percent in Canada, 4.7 percent in Australia, 1.3 percent in South Africa, 1.3 percent in Ireland, and 1.3 percent in New Zealand, with the remaining 5.5 percent scattered around the globe. In addition, there are 700 million non-native English speakers in Africa and 6.5 million native English speakers.

We will talk about the geographical location of English-speaking countries in Africa. Of course, we all know that many different languages are spoken throughout Africa. Still, not necessarily by everyone. not surprisingly, most African countries can speak English and french due to the British and French colonization.

 

English Speaking Countries in Africa

English is spoken as an official language in around a half-dozen African countries. Except for Rwanda and Eritrea, which Belgium and Italy colonized, most of these countries where English is spoken are former British colonies. The only countries in Africa where English is spoken as a first language are Sierra Leone and Liberia. Although English is the official language of Nigeria and Ghana, it is also used as a lingua franca in both countries.

 

English Post-Colonial In Africa

The Commonwealth includes the majority, if not all, of the former British possessions in Africa. Consequently, English-speaking countries have more robust trade and social interactions than other languages.

English-speaking countries account for most visitors visiting East Africa and immigrants living in the region. The African Union’s official language is English, used during African Union summits.

 

Where in Africa do they Speak English?

RankCountryPopulation
1Nigeria 206,139,589
2Ethiopia 114,963,588
3 Egypt102,334,404
4South Africa 59,308,690
5Tanzania59,734,218
6Kenya 53,771,296
7Sudan43,849,260
8Uganda45,741,007
9Ghana 31,072,940
10Cameroon26,545,863
12Malawi 19,129,952
13Zambia18,383,955
14Zimbabwe14,862,924
15South Sudan 11,193,725
16Rwanda 12,952,218
17Burundi 11,890,784
18Sierra Leone 7,976,983
19Liberia 5,057,681
20Namibia 2,540,905
21Lesotho 2,142,249
22Botswana2,351,627
23Gambia 2,416,668
24Mauritius1,271,768
25Eswatini1,160,164
26Seychelles98,347

Africa is the world’s second-largest continent, with abundant natural resources and unspoiled landscapes. Africa is the second-largest continent in terms of population after Asia, with 1.3 billion people.

The only countries in Africa where English is spoken as a first language are Sierra Leone and Liberia. Although English is the official language of Nigeria and Ghana, it is also used as a lingua franca in both countries.