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In Zambia there is over 70 languages are spoken in Zambia. Like, Bemba, Kaonda, Lozi, lunda, luvale, Nyanja, and Tonga. The most spoken one is Nyanja. It is really popular in Lusaka. The National language since Zambia's independence in 1964 is English.

English functions as a lingua franca throughout the more urbanized parts of Zambia, although urbanized forms of Nyanja have taken the lead in Lusaka, the capital. From 1964 on, English has also been the primary medium of instruction in the education system. The Constitution of Zambia guarantees that "The State shall take measure to promote the practice, enjoyment and development by any person of that person's culture, tradition, custom and language"[1]


  1. ^  George Kay (1967) as cited in Ohannessian & Kashoki (1978).
  2. ^  Constitution of Zambia, 9.112.g
General references
  • Kashoki, Mubanga E. and Ohannessian, Sirarpa. (1978) Language in Zambia. London: International African Institute.
  • Kashoki, Mubanga E. (1990) The Factor of Language in Zambia. Lusaka: Kenneth Kaunda Foundation.
  • Tordoff, William (ed.) (1974) Politics in Zambia. Manchester: Manchester University Press
  • [Republic of Zambia]. Constitution of Zambia 1991 (as amended by Act no. 18 of 1996).

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