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African Languages Quick Facts

African Languages Quick Facts

For anyone looking to do business in Africa, below are some essential facts to be aware of.

  • Africa is a continent, not a country.
  • There are 56 countries (recognized and de facto states) in Africa.
  • Six of the ten fasted-growing countries in the world are in Africa.
  • There are an estimated 2000+ African languages.
  • There are four primary language families in Africa (some classify up to 7 families).

The Approximate Number of Languages and Speakers

  • Afro-Asiatic: 200 languages covering Northern Africa.
  • Nilo-Saharan: 140 languages with 11 million speakers throughout Central and Eastern Africa.
  • Niger-Saharan: 1000 languages with some 200 million speakers.
  • Khoisan: 30 languages in the western part of Southern Africa.
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