Nigeria emerges third best English-speaking nation in Africa

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Nigeria has emerged as third best in Africa and 28th globally in the EF English Proficiency Index ranking.

The Nation learnt the ranking was for countries classified as non-native English speaking.

Twenty African countries appeared in the ranking which was released in November 2022 with South Africa ranking 12th globally and first in Africa while Kenya ranks 20th globally and 2nd in Africa.

Others on the list in Africa are Ghana (41st globally and 4th in Africa), Uganda (55th globally and 5th in Africa) amongst others.

The Netherlands stands at the number one global spot while Singapore takes the second position.

The Education First English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) attempts to rank countries by the equity of English language skills amongst those adults who took the EF test.

The EF EPI 2022 edition was calculated using test data from 2.1 million test takers in 2021.

One hundred and eleven countries and territories appear in the 2022 edition of the index.

In order to be included in the ranking, a country is required to have at least 400 test takers.

Here is the list of African countries by English skills:

  1. South Africa (12 globally)

  2. Kenya (20 globally)

  3. Nigeria (28 globally)

  4. Ghana (41 globally)

  5. Uganda  (55 globally)

  6. Tunisia (56 globally)

  7. Tanzania (63 globally)

  8. Ethiopia (68 globally)

  9. Morocco (76 globally)

  10. Algeria (78 globally)

  11. Egypt (85 globally)

  12. Mozambique (86th globally)

  13. Sudan (95 globally)

  14. Cameroon (96 globally)

  15. Somalia (100 globally)

  16. Côte d’Ivoire (104 globally)

  17. Angola (105 globally)

  18. Rwanda (107 globally)

  19. Libya (108 globally)

  20. Democratic Republic of Congo (110 globally).

Here is the global ranking by English skills:

  1. Netherlands

  2. Singapore

  3. Austria

  4. Norway

  5. Denmark

  6. Belgium

  7. Sweden

  8. Finland

  9. Portugal

  10. Germany

  11. Croatia

  12. South Africa

  13. Poland

  14. Greece

  15. Slovakia

  16. Luxembourg

  17. Romania

  18. Hungary

  19. Lithuania

  20. Kenya

  21. Bulgaria

  22. Philippines

  23. Czech Republic

  24. Malaysia

  25. Latvia

  26. Estonia

  27. Serbia

  28. Nigeria

  29. Switzerland

  30. Argentina

  31. Hong Kong, China

  32. Italy

  33. Spain

  34. France

  35. Ukraine

  36. South Korea

  37. Costa Rica

  38. Cuba

  39. Belarus

  40. Russia

  41. Ghana

  42. Moldova

  43. Paraguay

  44. Bolivia

  45. Chile

  46. Georgia

  47. Albania

  48. Honduras

  49. Uruguay

  50. El Salvador

  51. Peru

  52. India

  53. Dominican Republic

  54. Lebanon

  55. Uganda

  56. Tunisia

  57. Armenia

  58. Brazil

  59. Guatemala

  60. Vietnam

  61. Nicaragua

  62. China

  63. Tanzania

  64. Turkey

  65. Nepal

  66. Bangladesh

  67. Venezuela

  68. Ethiopia

  69. Iran

  70. Pakistan

  71. Sri Lanka

  72. Mongolia

  73. Qatar

  74. Israel

  75. Panama

  76. Morocco

  77. Colombia

  78. U.A.E.

  79. Algeria

  80. Japan

  81. Indonesia

  82. Ecuador

  83. Syria

  84. Kuwait

  85. Egypt

  86. Mozambique

  87. Afghanistan

  88. Mexico

  89. Uzbekistan

  90. Jordan

  91. Kyrgyzstan

  92. Azerbaijan

  93. Myanmar

  94. Cambodia

  95. Sudan

  96. Cameroon

  97. Thailand

  98. Haiti

  99. Kazakhstan

  100. Somalia

  101. Oman

  102. Saudi Arabia

  103. Iraq

  104. Côte d’Ivoire

  105. Angola

  106. Tajikistan

  107. Rwanda

  108. Libya

  109. Yemen

  110. Democratic Republic of Congo

  111. Laos