Well over one thousand languages are spoken by the people of Africa. Some estimates put this number closer to two thousand.
- Arabic is spoken by 170 million people on the continent, followed in popularity by English (130 million), Swahili (100), French (115), Berber (50), Hausa (50), Portuguese (20) and Spanish (10).
- Over 25% of all languages are spoken only in Africa with over 2,000 recognised languages spoken on the continent.
- 3 Africa is the second most populous continent with about 1.1 billion people or 16% of the world’s population. Over 50% of Africans are under the age of 25.
- The continent’s population will more than double to 2.3 billion people by 2050.