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.


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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Ebube Emeka is a programmer, web developer and tech freak. He's a top writer at KONGONUT where he reviews products and brands.

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