A language of Angola

Alternate Names
Cuanhama, Humba, Kuanjama, Kwancama, Kwanjama, Kwanyama, Ochikwanyama, Oshikuanjama, Oshikwanyama, Oshiwambo Ndonga, Ovambo, Oxikuanyama, Wambo

421,000 in Angola (Johnstone 1993). Population total all countries: 668,000. L2 users: 40,000 in Angola (2013 SIL).


South central.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto language of national identity.Its use as an LWC has its origin in its status as the language of the powerful Kwanyama kingdom, influential in what is now southern Angola and northern Namibia throughout the colonial period up to the year 1917. Used in the eastern half of Cunene Province in church, market, business, and media domains.


None known. Intelligible with Ndonga [ndo] and Kwambi [kwm].

Language Use

Used as L2 by !O!ung [oun], Nkumbi [khu].

Language Development
Dictionary. Bible: 1974.

Braille script [Brai]. Latin script [Latn], primary usage.

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