Best English speaking countries in Africa – Top 10

The continent of Africa holds the record of being both the second largest continent in the world, after Asia, and the second more populous continent in the world, also following Asia. Our concentration on this post will be on the list of best English speaking countries in Africa.

The continent has an area of 30.3 million square kilometers and is known to stretch over about 6% of the total surface area of the earth. It also stretches across about 20% of the land area of the earth. As of the year 2016, the total population on the continent of Africa was put at a staggering amount of 1.2 billion people, a number which makes up about 16% of the total human population in the whole world. It is immediately clear from comparative statistics, why it is known as the second-largest and second-most populous. 

Top 10 Best English Speaking Countries In Africa


The African country, Uganda, comes in at number one on the list of best English speaking countries in Africa. The country is landlocked and is known to have a diverse landscape which covers the Rwenzori Mountains with their snowy tips, and also, the very large Lake Victoria. The nation is notable for having a wide range of diverse wildlife including chimpanzees, and a good collection of a bird rarely seen anywhere else. Uganda was colonized by the British but still got their independence in 1962. They have since adopted a style of education that is from Great Britain. English is the main language in Ugandan schools, and this is a country with more than 60 other languages spoken amongst her people.


This country is located at the southernmost part of the continent of Africa and is the second-best English speaking country on the continent. This nation is notable for having several ecosystems that are pretty distinct. Kruger National Park, an Inland Safari destination that is frequented by tourists is known to have a large population of the big game. In the Western Cape, one would be treated to a range of beaches for relaxation as well as lush Winelands found around the locations of Paarl and Stellenbosch and a host of other sights all over this beautiful nation. There are many other languages that are spoken in this country including Afrikaans and isiZulu and the nation is known to have about 11 official languages.


The beautiful nation of Nigeria is known to be the third-best English speaking country in Africa. This country located on the Gulf of Guinea is famous for its myriad wildlife and landmarks. One of the most recognizable sites in the country has to be Zuma rock which is a monolith reaching a height of 725 meters located outside Abuja, the federal capital territory of the nation.

  • KENYA:

Ranking at number four in Kenya, a country in Eastern Africa. Nairobi is the capital as well as the largest city in this nation. There are various ethnic groups in this country which speak their own languages, however, the official languages in this nation are the English language and Swahili, and these are used when communicating with other populations, in varying degrees. When it comes to areas of Government, education, and commerce, English is the commonly spoken language.


This landlocked country which comes in at number five is located in south-central Africa. In this nation, the official language is English and it is used as a means of communicating in the educational sector and in matters of official business. When it comes to local languages, the main local language in Zambia is Nyanja, more commonly spoken in Lusaka, and the next local language is Bemba. In this nation, a total of 73 languages are known to be spoken including Lozi, Kaonde, Lunda as well as Tonga.


Botswana is another landlocked country in Africa and is located in the Southern part of the continent. While Setswana is commonly spoken in this nation, English remains the official language of Botswana. Other languages that one may find spoken in this nation include Kalanga, Sarwa, and Ndebele amongst others.


The seventh-best English speaking country in Africa is Zimbabwe, a landlocked nation located between the rivers Zambezi and Limpopo in Southern Africa. In the education system and judiciary system, the commonly spoken language is the English language. Shona and Sindebele, both Bantu languages are also commonly spoken as indigenous languages in the nation. 70% of the population speaks Shona while a relatively smaller 20% speak Sindebele. Venda, Tonga, Shangaan, Sotho, Kalanga, Nambya and Ndau are other Bantu languages that are spoken in this nation.


Malawi is located in Southeast Africa and is also a landlocked nation. It comes in as the 8th best English-speaking nation in Africa.

  • GHANA:

This nation is located in West Africa, along with the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. There are eleven government-sponsored languages in Ghana but English remains the language of the State and its commonly used Lingua Franca. As a result of the fact that this nation is surrounded by predominantly French-speaking nations, the French language is also taught in the various schools in the nation.


This landlocked nation is found in central and Eastern Africa. It is one of the smallest nations located on the mainland of Africa. English, Kinyarwanda, French and Swahili are official languages in this nation. While English is the language mainly used in the educational sector, Kinyarwanda is the main national language of Rwanda. 


When colonialism on the continent drew to an end, a good number of countries in Africa (Almost all of them), came to adopt official languages that were mostly of external origin. There are, however, several African countries that also legally recognize indigenous languages as well. English as well as French is spoken in many African countries and generally used as a means of general communication especially when dealing with public matters such as government, media, and education and so on.

There are 24 countries in Africa that are English speaking, and this article aims to identify the top ten out of those English speaking countries that rank as the best.


In Africa, Uganda is recognized as being the best English speaking African country according to research which was carried out by the World Linguistic Agency.

Behind them were countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, Namibia, and Kenya. Strong accents aside, Nigerians were noted for being amongst those who construct good English sentences, which are grammatically impeccable.

13 Replies to “Best English speaking countries in Africa – Top 10”

  1. And which European, American or Asian country is the best Swahili speaking country? Its backwardness having to gauge Africa using English. Colonised mindset at work

  2. let’s be real…top four countries have accents of their individual lands
    Blogger needs to hear Zambians Speak!

    1. I love this. ugandans speak fluent english who can urgue with me. Just come to uganda and perfect your english. Thats why its called the pearl of africa isn’t it clear to you. 👌👌👌

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