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The numbers of speakers are extremely loose, and many are likely significantly inaccurate; complete data do not exist in most cases. They are simply a guide to how well the most spoken Bantu languages are represented on Wiktionary. Most of them badly need basic template infrastructure, tailored to that language's specific needs, and should have a minimum of 1000 lemmas. Languages with an asterisk have more than one principal standard, which complicates creating entries.

  • Swahili: 180 million speakers, 4,450 lemmas (but 617 Tbot entries have to be cleaned up; many are inaccurate)
  • Zulu: 27 million speakers, 2,446 lemmas
  • Xhosa: 19 million speakers, 2,693 lemmas
  • Rwanda-Rundi: 18 million speakers, 95 lemmas*
  • Sotho: 14 million speakers, 100 lemmas*
  • Tsonga: 13 million speakers, 132 lemmas
  • Chichewa: 12 million speakers, 732 lemmas
  • Shona: 11 million speakers, 42 lemmas
  • Lingala: 10 million speakers, 245 lemmas
  • Kikuyu: 7 million speakers, 947 lemmas
  • Luganda: 7 million speakers, 39 lemmas

Other Niger-Congo priorities:

  • Akan: 50 million speakers, 76 lemmas*
  • Yoruba: 28 million L1 speakers, 148 lemmas
  • Igbo: 24 million L1 speakers, 90 lemmas
  • Fula: 24 million L1 speakers, 169 lemmas*
  • Wolof: 15 million speakers, 341 lemmas