English is a West Germanic language first spoken in early medieval England. It is used extensively in many parts of the world. More than 23 African countries list English as one of their official languages.
Today more and more African nations are planning to adopt English as an official language. Madagascar is excluded because of its distinct cultural heritage and language.
Here are the English speaking countries in Africa.
The official languages of Botswana are English and Setswana. In the year 1967, Britain accepted proposals for democratic self-government in Botswana. The 1965 constitution led to the first general elections and to independence in 1966.
English and French are the official languages of Cameroon. On January 1, 1960 French Cameroun gained independence from France. On October 1, 1961 the formerly British Southern Cameroon united with French Cameroun to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. After independence, the nation joined the Commonwealth of Nations.