● African Union adopts Swahili as official working language
African Union approves Swahili as the official working language. There have been calls from many African activists and African Pan Africanists to officially make Swahili an official language.
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The approval of Swahili to be used as official working language follows the request by Vice President of Tanzania, Dr. Philip Mpango. The announcement was made on Thursday, November 23, during the 41st member states session held in France, Paris.
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Swahili speakers spread across 14 countries in Africa, including Tanzania. The language is used in several African countries especially in East Africa.
“The UN set aside a day to fete Kiswahili. The language will be celebrated on July 7 every year. This decision has been passed by all members of UNESCO without any objection. Kiswahili is already in use in various communities including including East African Community (EAC), South African Development Community (SADC) as well as a teaching language in many African countries” a statement posted on twitter by the organization said.
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The language will be globally recognized from July 7, 2022.
Swahili is spoken by over 200 million people all over the place. The African Union said “its high time we move from the colonizer’s language”
“The unification of Africa is highly possible. However, there are countless boundaries or hudles to consider. And one of such is language barrier” Mawunya, February 18, 2022.