Get ready for an intriguing ranking: Kenya has just been named the second-best English-speaking country in Africa, right after South Africa.
This exciting news comes from the 2022 EF English Proficiency Index report, shedding light on language skills around the world.
In this global report, Kenya secured the 20th position overall, showcasing its impressive English proficiency. Even Nairobi, the bustling capital city, made its mark, securing the 19th spot among cities worldwide.
Now, here’s a little friendly rivalry story: Kenya and Uganda have playfully sparred online, arguing about which country speaks better English. The report settled this debate by placing Uganda at 55th place globally.
Taking a closer look, Tanzania grabbed the seventh spot in Africa and 63rd globally, while Rwanda claimed the 18th position in Africa and 107th globally.
Nigeria made its presence felt, ranking 28th in the world, and Ghana secured the 41st spot.
Interestingly, the report noted a fascinating trend:
Men’s English proficiency has caught up with women’s in Africa for the first time. However, in many countries, there’s still a significant gender gap. Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Ghana stand out globally with gender gaps that favor women, while Uganda and Tunisia lean more towards men.
So, when it comes to the Queen’s language, Kenya’s impressive ranking puts it at the forefront in Africa.
As the language debate between Kenya and Uganda continues, this report adds a new chapter, offering insights into the evolving world of English proficiency on the continent.
It’s a reminder that language unites us, and no matter the rivalry, language skills are a valuable asset for global communication.