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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.’
- ‘Parts of the Bible were translated into Kikongo in the latter part of the nineteenth century.’
- ‘Over sixty local languages and dialects are spoken, the most widely used of which are Kikongo, Sangha, and Bateke.’
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.’
- ‘On the left is the firma sun, which in the Kikongo language of Congo is called tango, a sign of the soul or the power of light (which can connote strength and righteousness).’
The name in Kikongo.
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