Gikuyu language

Spoken in

  • Niger - Congo languages Benue - Congo languages Bantu languages Kikuyu




Kikuyu (proper name: Gikuyu, pronunciation: [ ɣekojo ] ) is a widely used in Kenya Bantu language that is spoken by about 5.5 million people.

Gikuyu is spoken in the area between Nyeri and Nairobi. Kikuyu is one of the five languages ​​of the Thagichu which are spoken in the area of Kenya to Tanzania. The Kikuyu language includes several dialects that are mutually intelligible, including Ndia, Southern Kikuyu, Mathira, Gichugu and North Kikuyu. The Kikuyu language has the vocabulary to a great similarity with the Embu and Kamba, belonging to the same Guthrie Group E20. The writer and contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature Ngugi wa Thiong'o writes his novels in Gikuyu.