A creole language of Central Africa based on Kongo (Kikongo) (related to the Bantu languages), it has been influenced primarily by French and Lingala, but also Zaire Swahili and Portuguese. It originated in the 16th century as a language of trade and it is one the four major indigenous lingua francas in Africa.

Also known as Munukutuba and Kikongo, among other names, it uses a Latin script and is a national language in the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and it has over 5 million speakers.

CLASSIFICATION = Kongo-based family, SCRIPT = Roman

Béto Túba Kikóngo KIR CBEG 2
Kituba basic course [FSI] KIR CBEG 1(USB)