Top 10 Best English speaking countries in Africa 2021

Let us look at the Top 10 English Speaking Countries in Africa 2021

The English Language and the African Countries

Top 10 Best English speaking countries in Africa 2021

Top 10 Best English speaking countries in Africa 2021
Top 10 Best English speaking countries in Africa 2021

First of all let us agree that Language like English doesn’t determine our intelligence. Language only gives us the ability to communicate our intelligence to others by talking, reading, or writing our thoughts, views, and opinions. So go ahead and express yourself in the language you’re comfortable in.

In Africa,speaking or Singing in English Language is seen by some  as pride and to some shows class while to others it just reminds them of the slave masters language and dominance!they call it “mental slavery”

According to the 2017 report by World Linguistic Society, Uganda still has the best English speakers in Africa followed by Zambia, South Africa and Kenya respectively.

According to the study carried out, the majority of Ugandans can articulate English words fluently, than any other English speaking country in Africa.

The African continent is the second-largest continent by area as well as by population, trailing only behind Asia. With a huge population of 1.34 billion (2021), it makes up about 16% of the total world population. Out of this number, approximately 6.5 million people speak and understand the English language.

The African continent, much like the Asian continent had been under the rule of colonialism. This brought linguistic as well as cultural changes to the region. When this colonialism ended, many countries began using those languages that were left behind.

However, there are still some African countries that identify English and French language. These two are commonly used as a means of communication in the region as well as in matters of education, judiciary, and business.

Moreover, English is the official language of more than 23 countries in Africa, while French is the official language of 26 countries.

Top 10 Best English speaking countries in Africa 2021

1. Uganda

Uganda,a landlocked country with a population of 45 million comes at number one in the list of African countries where people speak the best English. 29 million speak the English language. This African country is multilingual and has 43 living languages.

English became the official language of Uganda since its independence in 1962. Later, Swahili became the second official language of the region. Today, Luganda is the official language of Uganda, but many people still speak English.

2. South Africa

South Africa ranks as the second-best English speaking country in the African continent. South Africa has 11 official languages and people speak other languages in the region as well, including Afrikaans and IsiZulu.

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. Although English only accounts for the sixth most common language, it is the second most popular language outside the household.

3. Nigeria

Nigeria is a federal republic comprising 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The largest city in Nigeria is Lagos.

Nigeria is the third-best English speaking country in the African continent. The country boasts of 206 million population, out of which 79 million can speak English. This makes about 53% of the total population. Nigerian English, more popularly known as the Nigerian Standard English, is the language of politics and formal communication. On the other hand, Nigerian Pidgin, derived from English, is for informal communication.Most Nigerian movies in Nollywood use English in 98% of their casts!

English is the official language of Nigeria. Other languages that Nigerian people speak are Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Fula, and English Creole. Other than this, many of the languages in Nigeria exists in written form.

4. Kenya

This East African nation ranks fourth in the list of best English speaking countries in Africa. With a population of 54 million, this country houses various ethnic groups, all of which speak their own languages. However, the official language of Kenya is English and about 2.7 million people speak and understand English here.There are over 43 Tribes in Kenya with the most dominant ones being Kikuyu,Kalenjin,Luhya and Luo.

The official languages of Kenya are English and Swahili. English is the language of big business, higher education and government. … The standard spoken Swahili is usually considered the dialect of Zanzibar.

The British reduced the influence of Swahili and made English the medium of instruction in Kenyan schools. English remained in official use after Kenya’s independence on 12 December 1963. The official languages of Kenya are English and Swahili, with the latter also recognised as the national language. The English language is the medium of education in Kenyan schools. Although Swahili and English are the primary languages spoken in the region, there are various indigenous languages that have been around for ages.

5. Zambia

Zambia is located in the south-central part of Africa. English is the official language of the country housing a population of 18 million. Zambia has several indigenous languages, and almost all of them belong to the Bantu family of languages. For business and official correspondence in the region, people speak English in Zambia. Other than English, the main local language is Nyanja.

Zambia has more than 70 different languages and dialects. Almost everyone can either speak or understand the English language, and those residing in urban parts can speak it fluently as well.

6. Botswana

Another landlocked country, Botswana is located in the Southern part of Africa. English is the official language of the country despite more people speaking Setswana. According to estimates, Botswana has a population of 2 million, out of which 2.8% speak English.

It is the language of business and academic correspondence in the country and is used in formal communication as well. Botswana has 31 living languages which are all used by the local population.

7. Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is not far behind when it comes to listing down the english speaking countries in africa. With a population of 14.8 million, this country is the seventh-best English speaking country in the African continent.

It might come as a surprise, but even though only 5% of the total population speaks English as a native language in Zimbabwe, almost 89% of the total population can speak it fluently. This number of speakers comes second only to Seychelles (93%) among the African countries. In addition, English is the lingua franca of the country, while the main language is Shona, spoken by 70% of the population.

8. Malawi

Located in the Southeastern part of Africa, Malawi has a population of 19 million. Although English is the official language of the country, only 26% of the population can speak it. Chichewa is the national language of Malawi and  57% of the population speaks it. Other prominent languages in the region include Chinyanja, Chiyao, and Chitumbuka.

9. Ghana

Ghana is located in the Western part of Africa and comes at the 9th rank on the list of English speaking countries in Africa. With a population of 31 million, the official language and the lingua franca is English. Approximately, people speak 11 languages in Ghana, but English remains the language of business and formal communication.

English occupies the position of official language due to the colonialization by the British in the region. As a result, people speak English with a heavy tone of pidgin—which might confuse many visitors to the country. Despite this, English is still widely spoken in Ghana amongst other languages in the country.

10.  Rwanda

Located in the Central part of Africa, Rwanda is one of the smallest countries in the African continent. Having a population of only 13 million, the country has only 0.2% of the population which speaks English. It is the third official language in the country, after Kinyarwanda and Swahili. While English is the language of business correspondence, Kinyarwanda remains the most widely spoken and national language in the region.

 

 

And, the  EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI)  has their own list.

 

Which African Countries Speak Good English in the World
Which African Countries Speak Good English in the World?

Top 10 Best English speaking countries in Africa 2021

They attempt to rank countries by the average level of English language skills amongst adults who took their EF test.

It’s basically the product of EF Education First, an international education company and their conclusions are drawn from data collected via English tests available for free.

If is not reflective of the whole African continent as a whole.

1. South Africa (65.38)

2. Kenya (60.51)

3. Nigeria (58.26)

4. Ethiopia (49.64)

5. Tunisia (49.04)

6. Morocco (47.19)

7. Egypt (47.11)

8. Cameroon (46.28)

9. Sudan (45.94)

10. Algeria (45.281

However, almost all of the countries in the lists were, former British colonies at one point or another.

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