A traditional Swahili proverb is Hayawi hayawi huwa. This means that what seems impossible will eventually happen. Today marks the long-awaited World Kiswahili Language Day.
It was the statement made in 2021 at the 41st session of the UNESCO member states that established July 7 as World Kiswahili Language Day each year.
As Kiswahili had already carved a niche for itself in major worldwide media organizations including BBC, VoA, RFI, Radio China and Radio Tehran among others, the globe is celebrating the day with excitement and enthusiasm.
The only African language recognized by the African Union as an official language is Kiswahili (AU). Given that the other languages have traditionally been foreign ones like English, French, Arabic, Portuguese and German, this is no little accomplishment.
It is the most frequently spoken language in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the most widely spoken languages in all of Africa. With more than 200 million speakers, Swahili is one of the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world. In several nations in East, Central, and Southern Africa, as well as the Middle East, it is a widely used language.
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