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Why has Swahili not become Africa’s Unifying language?

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Kiswahili phrases. Photo Credit; ultraBobban Attribution-Non Commercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) July 7 was a big day for Africa as it celebrated the first World Kiswahili Language Day. Citizens across Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, South Africa, and the world marked the day with celebrations on the streets and online using the hashtags #KiswahiliDay2022 and #KiswahiliDay. This was the first official holiday since UNESCO designated July 7 as international Kiswahili language day in November 2021. Marching celebrations The Kiswahili East African Commission (KAKAMA), an inter-governmental organizat…

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