Bemba language

The Bemba language, ChiBemba (also Cibemba, Ichibemba, Icibemba and Chiwemba), is a Bantu language spoken primarily in north-eastern Zambia by the Bemba people and as a lingua franca by about 18 related ethnic groups.

Native toZambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania
EthnicityBemba, Bangweulu Batwa
Native speakers
4.1 million (2000–2010 census)[1]
Latin (Bemba alphabet)
Bemba Braille
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-2bem
ISO 639-3bem
Linguasphere99-AUR-r ichiBemba + ichiLamba incl. 24 inner languages 99-AUR-ra...-rx + varieties 99-AUR-rca...-rsb
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A speaker of the Bemba, recorded in Zambia.
PeopleBaBemba, Awemba, BaWemba

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