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Wolof
Spoken natively in Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania
Ethnicity Wolof, Lebou
Native speakers 4.2 million  (2006)
L2 speakers: ?
Language family
Official status
Regulated by CLAD (Centre de linguistique appliquée de Dakar)
Language codes
ISO 639-1 wo
ISO 639-2 wol
ISO 639-3 Either:
wol – Wolof
wof – Gambian Wolof


The Wolof language and people are considered to have derived from Mali after the fall of ancient Ghana. They were considered a wide socially organized group referred to as the Djolof Empire, which historically dwelled in the northwestern part of Senegal in the 14th century. A strong linguistic case has been made to show that the western Afrikan Wolof people derive from ancient Kemet.The kinship between Wolof and Medu Neter(ancient Egyptian language) is critical in pointin gout Wolof’s language heritage.