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date: 23 February 2024

anglophone 

Source:
A Dictionary of African Politics
Author(s):

Nic Cheeseman,

Eloïse Bertrand,

Sa’eed Husaini

Used to describe states that speak English, typically but not exclusively as a result of colonial rule. At present, twenty-seven sub-Saharan African countries list English as an official language—Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe—although it is not widely spoken in all of these states. It is worth noting that this does not include all countries in which Britain had a colonial interest, as in some cases British rule was too short-lived for English to take hold. Moreover, in a small number of cases, the introduction of English as an official language reflects political as much as practical considerations. This is most obviously the case in Rwanda, where ... ...

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