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US Fintech Invest in African Language Chatbot with Microsoft

US Fintech Invest in African Language Chatbot with Microsoft

12/10/2017

Ovamba, a Fintech company, has announced that is partnering with Microsoft to create “the first African language driven chatbot designed to serve the millions of African SMEs who face exclusion from financial services due to the challenges of functional and business literacy”. Ovamba is a US-founded fintech company that focuses that develops online platforms and…

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BBC Targets Ethiopia and Eritrea With More African Languages

BBC Targets Ethiopia and Eritrea With More African Languages

20/09/2017

The BBC is on a roll when it comes to African languages! Its has now announced it is adding even more languages to its news service in Africa, this time to attract users from Ethiopia and Eritrea. The latest localization move see the launch of three news websites in Amharic, Ethiopia’s official language, Afaan Oromo,…

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BBC Adds Seven More African Languages

BBC Adds Seven More African Languages

19/05/2017

The BBC has announced that it will launch 11 new language services in 2017 as part of an expansion project – 7 of the languages are African! The new languages are Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Tigrinya, Igbo, Yoruba and Nigerian Pidgin. This is great and exciting news for the development of African languages. Why these African…

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French Language to Become Compulsory for Schools in Ghana

French Language to Become Compulsory for Schools in Ghana

19/05/2017

Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that he has given the go-ahead for the process to start on examining how to implement the teaching of French in the Ghanaian education system, from primary to senior high school education levels. “We’ll want to make French a compulsory language in our schools right until the…

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Lingala Spoken on Pitches of English Premier League

Lingala Spoken on Pitches of English Premier League

02/11/2016

Believe it or not, but Lingala has now joined the many languages spoken on the pitches and during the matches of the English Premier League (EPL)! The recent move of Yannick Bolasie to Everton FC has seen him team up with Romelu Lukaku. The former Crystal Palace man has revealed in an interview with the…

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Zuckerberg Promises New African Languages for Facebook

Zuckerberg Promises New African Languages for Facebook

01/09/2016

Facebook’s Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, arrived in Nigeria this week praising Nigerian talent as well as promising more African, and specifically Nigerian, languages on Facebook. On his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa, Zuckerberg has shone a bright light on the country’s tech and digital innovations. His first visit in Lagos was the Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB) in Yaba,…

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Facebook Lure Hausa Speakers with Translations

Facebook Lure Hausa Speakers with Translations

02/08/2016

Facebook’s march into Africa continues this time launching translations in the Hausa language further closing its digital grasp on Africans the continent over. Negativity aside, the move is a great boost for the Hausa language and especially Hausa translations. We are sure readers will agree that languages need to embrace the digital age to ensure…

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Kiswahili Translation in Kenya

Kiswahili Translation in Kenya

27/06/2016

The Kenyan government has given Kiswahili translation services a massive injection of hope as it has launched a new language policy which includes compulsory translations for official documents. On June 21, 2016, Kenyan media broke the news that the government has launched the language policy as part of a wider plan of creating social cohesion. State-run…

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Gauteng Moves to Preserve African Languages through Education

Gauteng Moves to Preserve African Languages through Education

19/06/2016

One area it is clear to see the status of African languages becoming elevated is within education; Gauteng in South Africa has now made a bold move to preserve indigenous languages through the education system. According to many online reports, schools in will be at the forefront of a new language education policy in 2017 which…

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More Calls to Make Kiswahili official EAL Language

More Calls to Make Kiswahili official EAL Language

06/06/2016

We reported before how there is a growing call for Kiswahili to become a recognised official language of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA); a Tanzanian member has now reiterated the call. Ms Shy-Rose Bhanji reportedly urged the Council of Ministers, “to take the request to the EAC Heads of State and the current Chair of…

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