Thursday 5 October 2023

Which African countries have an African language as their official language?

Here are the examples I could find:

South Africa: South Africa has eleven official languages, including isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, English, and others. This recognition reflects the country's diverse linguistic heritage.

Botswana: While English is the official language, Setswana (Tswana) holds national language status in Botswana.

Kenya: In addition to English and Swahili, Kenya recognizes several indigenous languages as national languages, such as Kikuyu, Luo, and Kamba.

Malawi: English is the official language, but Chichewa, an indigenous language, is widely spoken and enjoys national language status.

Namibia: Namibia recognizes several indigenous languages, including Oshiwambo, Otjiherero, Damara/Nama, and others, as national languages alongside English.

Rwanda: Kinyarwanda is the national language of Rwanda, and the first language of almost the entire population of the country. It is one of the country's official languages alongside French, English, and Swahili.

Tanzania: Swahili, alongside English, is recognized as the official language of Tanzania. There are more speakers of Swahili than of English in Tanzania. Tanzania's diverse linguistic landscape includes other languages like Chaga, Gogo, and Sukuma.

Uganda: Uganda recognizes English as the official language and Swahili as a national language, along with numerous indigenous languages like Luganda, Runyankole, and Ateso.

Zimbabwe: While English is the primary official language, Zimbabwe recognizes 16 indigenous languages, including Shona, Sindebele (Ndebele), and Chewa.

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