Why Kiswahili should play a bigger role in Kenyan unity

Prof Ali Mazrui, who was a globally acclaimed scholar of history and economics.

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What you need to know:

  • In Kenya although Kiswahili is an official language alongside English, courtesy of the 2010 Constitution, Kiswahili has been relegated to the periphery.
  • Kenya has about 42 languages while Tanzania has more than 100 languages.
  • The language enables members of different tribes to communicate with each other in various fora.

 In October 2005, Africa hosted the Seventh International Conference on Language and Development.  The historic meeting, held in Addis Ababa, was unique in two ways.

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