Uganda’s president urges Africans to unite through Swahili

Yoweri Museveni, the president of Uganda, urged Africans to employ Swahili which is the most spoken language in the continent to foster the bond between nations.

According to Museveni, Swahili is a “neutral language” and “belongs to nobody”, he empathized during his African Integration Day speech on Wednesday.

Swahili, natively called ‘Kiswahili’, is said to have between 100 and 150 million speakers. Also known as a ‘Bantu’ language, the language originated from other languages like Arabic. It is the official language of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and  the Democratic Republic of Congo, but it is employed in other countries like Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, southern Somalia, northern Mozambique and the Comoros Islands. 

The language contains words borrowed from English, German, Portuguese, French, and Hindi origin as a result of trading, slavery, and colonialism.

According to linguists, Swahili is easy to understand and learn. Remember, the name ‘Simba’ in The Lion King? I bet you do. That was Swahili and it literally translates to ‘lion’ or it could mean ‘power’. Swahili is the main medium of instruction in schools.

Innovative Developments in Africa

Museveni who enjoys electric cars in his country also used the opportunity to stress  the importance of innovative developments in Africa.  He threw emphasis on production and consumption of homemade products and services as a way for the 1.4 billion Africans to prosper.

He said:

“We were colonized and suffered slave trade not because our ancestors were weak, but were not well organized. We have got more capacity while operating together hence the need to develop strategic security for Africa,”.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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