How Many Native African Languages Still Exist In Africa?

Native African languages

Estimates Peg  between 2000 and 3000 Native languages spoken on the African continent, with possibly as many as 8000 dialects. African languages are divided into four major language families, as well as Austronesian. The map below shows the distribution of Africa languages across Africa.
All African languages are considered official languages of the African Union. Further see the explanation of the language map at the bottom of the article.

Africa mapped by languages

map showing african languages in africa

Mark Dingemanse.

Wow! up-to 3000 languages spoken in Africa, I found this fascinating. So I decided to play a little game on Facebook to find out how many of these languages are spoken by African Facebookers, since there are 100 million usersof Facebook in Africa.

List of official, national and spoken languages of Africa.

Africa is a continent with a very high linguistic diversity, there are an estimated 1500-2000 African languages.Of these languages four main groupings can be distinguished:


(appoximately 200 languages) covering nearly Northern Africa (including the horn of Africa, Central Sahara et the top Nile)


gathering appoximately 140 languages with some eleven millions speakers scattered in Central and Eastern Africa.

Niger-Saharian (Niger-Congo)

covering the two third of Africa with as a principal branch the Niger-Congo which gathers more than 1000 languages with some 200 millions speakers. The Bantu languages of Central, Southern, and Eastern Africa form a sub-group of the Niger Congo branch.


gathering about thirty languages in Western part of Southern Africa.

All African languages are considered official languages of the African Union

[sources:nationsonline , myafricanow]

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