Chichewa also known as Chewa or Chinyanja or Nyanja is a language spoken in Central and Southern regions of Malawi, Tete and Niassa provinces of Mozambique, Central and Eastern Provinces of Zambia and Mashonaland Central province of Zimbabwe by the Achewa people.
Chichewa language has approximately 12,000,000 native speakers.
A person who speaks Chichewa is known as Mchewa.
Chichewa is an official language in Malawi.
The language has 7 dialects; Chitumbuka, Chiyao, Chilomwe, Chitonga, Chisena, Chilambia and Chinkhonde.
The language is called 'the language of the Chewa people' in Malawi and 'the language of the lake' in Zambia.