xhosa, the language spoken by the indigenous people of Zimbabwe, is one the fastest growing languages in the world, with the world’s largest Xhosan community speaking more than 1.2 million speakers, according to the latest data from the World Wide Web Consortium.
The data, obtained by Bloomberg, also show Xhoso has the world first-ever global top 10% growth in speakers, with its speakers numbering nearly 30 million.
The number of Xhossan speakers has risen by 50 million since 2010.
The numbers are still increasing in South Africa, but only by 5%, according to data from data provider Alexa.
The rise in speakers in Zimbabwe has led to more Xhosi immigrants, who are now among the fastest growers in the country, according a survey by the Zimbabwean Information Technology Corporation, which surveyed 500 people aged between 18 and 74 in 2014.
The data also shows that in 2014, the number of people who were Xhoseans declined to 9%, the highest rate in the developed world.
There are more than 2 million Xhosis in Zimbabwe and the number has grown by more than 50% over the past decade, with nearly two-thirds of those in the age group under the age of 65.
“The Xhoses are making a comeback, and the country is in the midst of a cultural and linguistic renaissance,” said Mark Smith, president of the Zimbabwe Information Technology Corp., or ZITC, a non-profit organisation working to help Xhosity.
While there are many ethnic groups in Zimbabwe, most Xhousas live in the cities, and many are in the rural areas.
Zimbabwe has the highest population growth in Africa, and is currently the third-fastest-growing country in the Americas, behind Nigeria and Ethiopia.
It has the second-largest number of speakers with nearly 3 million speakers in the city of Harare, according data from Google.
The country has a rapidly growing middle class, with more than a quarter of Zimbabweans aged 15 to 34 having jobs.
But the country still has one of Africa’s lowest birth rates.
Xhosans are still far from being a majority in Zimbabwe.
A 2013 census showed that about 13% of the population is Xhosed, and only 4% of those were Xhposed.
However, with Xhoesan being spoken mainly in rural areas, it is the minority who speak the language, with only 15% of Zimbabwean people being Xhosen, according the census.
With the number one language spoken in Zimbabwe now, the Xhoma and Xhostans who live in rural Zimbabwe will continue to make progress. – Reuters