Sometime last month, a hashtag trended on Twitter, inspired by the fact that Twitter has just refused to recognise any African language. Kenyans took to Twitter to express their feelings with the hashtags–
#SwahiliIsNotIndonesian and #TwitterRecognizeSwahili. The hashtags were used to deman attention and it paid off. Right now, Swahili natives can now use Twitter in their own language.
— Denis Nabende (@DenisNabz) May 10, 2018
— Chiara Buongiovanni (@clarainbeta) May 10, 2018
It's unclear when Twitter started recognizing Swahili. Before that, it described Swahili tweets as Indonesian and translated them into a mumbo jumbo (or mambo, in Swahili) of incoherent words. #SwahiliIsNotIndonesian https://t.co/OZWTFbjwdf pic.twitter.com/MBJ2o8EW8Z
— McKihiga (@kihiga_mc) May 10, 2018
Google recognizes Swahili
It's high time Twitter you do the same.#TwitterRecognizeSwahili
— Braddon R (@braddon_r) April 23, 2018
The language dates from the contacts of Arabian traders with the inhabitants of the east coast of Africa over many centuries. Under Arab influence, Swahili originated as a lingua franca used by several closely related Bantu-speaking tribal groups. #TwitterRecognizeSwahili
— Ian James Nezzoh (@NezzohIan) April 23, 2018
Swahili also known as Kiswahili is a language spoken by about 100 million natives of Eastern and Southern parts of Africa. The language is more of a combination of Latin(Roman style) and Arabic.
The language is an official language in East African countries including Kenya, Zambia, Madagascar, Comoros Islands, DCR Congo, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania etc.
It is a normal thing and Africans are used to it. We are always the last to be included in everything. But hopefully, Twitter won’t just be accepting just Swahili. We expect more languages to follow and we believe it is not rocket science to translate languages on one of the world’s biggest social networking platform.
For now, the Swahili translation isn’t 100% accurate and complete. But it will get better.
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