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AFRICA – The African Union now adopts Swahili as its official working language

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The Assembly of Heads of State and Government has officially adopted Swahili as the official working language. It was at the 35th African Union Summit, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Saturday, February 5, 2022.

Swahili, the language spoken by more than 100 million people in Africa, has become the official working language of the African Union. This is the decision taken by the assembly of heads of state of the Pan-African organization on February 5.

The official approval came after a request from Tanzanian Vice-President Philip Mbango. According to him, Swahili is already used in various societies, including the East African community, the Southern African development community, as well as being used as a language of instruction in many African countries.

According to the UN, the language has its origins in East Africa, and Swahili speakers are spread over 14 countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Sudan, Somalia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, the Comoros and as far as Oman and Yemen in the Middle East.

       

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