HAKUNA MATATA: How Swahili became Africas most Spoken Language

HAKUNA MATATA: How Swahili became Africas most Spoken Language
A masai girl learns kiswahili in Kenya where it is a national language

Somalilandsun: Once just an obscure island dialect of an African Bantu tongue, Swahili has evolved into Africa’s most internationally recognized language. It is peer to the few languages of the world that boast over 200 million users.

Africa’s Swahili-speaking zone now extends across a full third of the continent from south to north and touches on the opposite coast, encompassing the heart of Africa.

In a piece published by Quartz Africa titled ?????? the author John M Mugane reports that “Over the two millennia of Swahili’s growth and adaptation, the molders of this story—immigrants from inland Africa, traders from Asia, Arab, and European occupiers, European and Indian settlers, colonial rulers, and individuals from various postcolonial nationshave used Swahili and adapted it to their own purposes. They have taken it wherever they have gone to the west

The origins of Swahili

The historical lands of the Swahili are on east Africa’s Indian Ocean littoral. A 2,500-kilometer chain of coastal towns from Mogadishu, Somalia to Sofala, Mozambique as well as offshore islands as far away as the Comoros and Seychelles.

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