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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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Language Will Lead Afrobeats to Global Success

Language Will Lead Afrobeats to Global Success

06/05/2016

If you aren’t aware of the current rise in Afrobeats music across the globe, then you’ve probably been hiding under a musical rock. Afrobeats is now spreading its wings beyond Africa and the diaspora to becoming a global sound – how is language contributing to this success? WHAT IS AFROBEATS? Afrobeats is essentially a modern…

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UNESCO Warn SiSwati Language is in Danger

UNESCO Warn SiSwati Language is in Danger

04/04/2016

Swaziland’s only indigenous language, SiSwati, is  is in danger of extinction by the end of this century, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has warned. In order to highlight the plight of lesser known languages, UNESCO have launched an interactive electronic catalogue containing some 2, 500 endangered languages worldwide. You can visit…

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Working Mums Nigeria Help to Save African Languages

Working Mums Nigeria Help to Save African Languages

26/02/2016

“Working Moms, others partner to save African languages” – yes that is the headline! The momentum in people across Africa coming out and stating they want to prioritize African languages, embrace them and save them continues. February 21 saw International Day of Mother Language  and in an attempt to stop the extinction of African languages,…

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Aussie Launches Oromo Language Kids Book

Aussie Launches Oromo Language Kids Book

15/02/2016

Born to an Ethiopian father and a Turkish mother in Australia, Toltu Tufa, has now launched a publishing company from Australia that aims to revive the Oromo language. Growing up Toltu never understood why her father never discussed Oromo or his past in Ethiopia. As she grew older she discovered the reasons why.  The Oromo…

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