The Dholuo language (also known as Luo) is spoken by 3 million people in Kenya and Tanzania. It belongs to the Luo grouping within the Western Nilotic grouping of the Nilo-Saharan language family. Luo is widely used in broadcasting within the abovementioned countries. It is also closely related to Lango, Acholi and Dhopadhola of Uganda. Additionally, it has to be underlined that Dholuo must not be confused with Lwo of Uganda or Lwo (Luo, Jur Lwo) of Sudan.

Map of Luo/Dholuo language speakers.
Map of Luo/Dholuo language speakers.

Basic stats

First language : 3.5 million

Main Countries: Kenya, Tanzania

Alternate names: Nilotic Kavirondo, Kavirondo Luo

ISO 639-3 Code: luo

Language Sample

Raan thök eben aye dhëëth ka lau nhöm kua thöŋ nhiim eyithiic, kua thɛ̈kic, kua ci yëknhiethku puou, ku bik cëŋ ka ke ye mith etik.

(Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1)

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in Luo/Dholuo:

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)


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