Colonisation, genocide and changes in official languages have resulted in the hybridisation of languages. A mix of Kinyarwanda, French and English is dubbed kinyafranglais.
The term Afrofuturism is being rejected by writers of African descent because it is a distinctly different genre that should not be used interchangeably with Africanfuturism. The latter centres the African point of view, experience, culture, themes, and history with technology-based in Africa, not the diaspora.
Banned 45 years ago, and its author detained, the Gikuyu language play Ngaahika Ndeenda profoundly shaped the literary legend.
English has failed often as the main language of court in proceedings – this impacts testimony and must be addressed.
At a recent Africa Month event panellists discussed the role of language, particularly Swahili, in fostering African integration and development.
The University of Cape Town will add Swahili to its language offerings from 2023, hoping to launch it as a major in 2028, the VC has announced. Swahili will be taught as an elective language course at UCT from 2023, with the aim of launching it as a major subject in 2028.
To celebrate his beloved continent, Charles Leonard has picked 25 of his favourite African songs – stone-cold classics, fresh discoveries and hidden gems.
Tsitsi Nomsa Ngwenya is one of the more prominent writers writing in Ndebele. Her new novel, Zalabantu Ziyebantwini’, came out this month. It will be followed by her fourth book, Portrait of Emlanjeni, later this year.
Ten of the new language additions on Google translate are African languages including Lingala, Twi, and Tigrinya. There are now 133 languages supported by a technology that is breaking language barriers and connecting communities around the world.