Either of two similar Bantu languages spoken in Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), and adjacent areas, with around 4.7 million speakers altogether.
- Six of the Bantu languages were selected as national languages: Chokwe, Kikongo, Kimbundo, Mbunda, Oxikuanyama, and Umbundu.
- Other major languages include Swahili, Lingala, Kikongo, and Tshiluba.
- Lingala, Kikongo, Sangha, and Bateke are the most widely spoken native languages.
Relating to Kikongo.
- In 1956 another Redemptorist published the first edition of an extremely influential Kikongo history of Kongo, relating that the first Kongo had probably migrated from Egypt.
- The Kikongo word phemba denotes ‘the one who gives children in-potentia.’
- In 1992, Kikongo speakers in all countries numbered 3,217,000, the majority of whom lived in Angola.
The name in Kikongo.
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