The Africa Union officially adopts Swahili as an official working language after a request by the Tanzanian Vice President, Philip Mpango, who pointed out that over 100 million people in Africa speak Swahili. Kiswahili, another name for Swahili, is used in the East African Community (EAC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and used as a teaching language in several countries in Africa. It is one of the first African-originated languages to be adopted by the AU.
It is spoken in over 14 counties, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan, Somalia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and Comoros. It is also spoken in Oman and Yemen in the Middle East. Some countries like South Africa and Botswana have introduced it as a teaching language in their schools. Other countries like Namibia are contemplating adopting it into their schools. In addition, UNESCO declared July 7 as World Kiswahili Language Day, making Swahili the first language recognized by the organization.
Rosa Okeke wins the James Currey Prize for African Literature
Rose Okeke, a Nigerian writer, wins the James Currey Prize for African Literature 2022. Rose wins the £1000 award for her novel, ""Child of the Corn."" beating other shortlisted novels from 3 African countries. She also became an Oxford University fellow. The James...