Kenyans Ranked 2nd Best In English Speakers in Africa

Kenyans with their flag

Kenyans have been ranked 18th best English speakers in the world and 2nd best in Africa after South Africa.

Nairobi ranked number 1 in African City followed closely by Lagos, Nigeria according to a report by global private language tutor, Education First (EF).

The English Proficiency Index (EPI) by the Switzerland-based company ranked Kenya behind South Africa even though Nairobi still emerged as the highest placed African city in English proficiency.

Other African countries that appeared in the top 100 list included Nigeria (29), Ethiopia (63), Tunisia (65), Egypt (77), Cameroon (83), Sudan (87), Algeria (90), Ivory Coast (96) and Libya (100).

The top country in the world was the Netherlands followed by Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Singapore finishing the list of the top five.

Kenya had a high proficiency EF EPI score of 60.51 with Netherlands leading with 70.27%.


EF English Proficiency Index
The countries ranked according to their scores. Photo: Screenshot from EF English Proficiency Index. Source: UGC
In terms of cities, Nairobi emerged top in Africa with an EPI score of 61.94% followed by Lagos which scored 58.47 %.

Africa’s average proficiency score dropped primarily due to score changes in South Africa and Ethiopia and the inclusion of Sudan and Cameroon, which both fall in the ”very low” proficiency band, the report said.

“As in previous years, a few African countries performed well while the rest performed poorly, and the gap between higher and lower proficiency countries is wider than ever,


“The overall average for Africa dropped significantly, primarily due to score changes in South Africa and Ethiopia – both countries with large populations – and to the inclusion of Sudan and Cameroon, which were not in the Index last year, and both fall in the Very Low Proficiency band,” read the report.


EF English Proficiency Index 2


The EF report links English proficiency to innovation, public investment in research and development, number of researchers per a population of one million as well as technicians per capita.


“For the first time, we find that adults aged 26-30 have the strongest English skills. This finding reflects the growing prominence of English instruction in university education around the world,” said EF.


Kenyans ranked second best in English proficiency in Africa

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