AFRICA — Twitter now recognizes Swahili, one of East Africa’s most common languages. The social media platform now offers translation for the language spoken by tens of millions in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and some parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The recognition comes after a campaign by Kenyans on social media, who regularly used hashtags #SwahiliIsNotIndonesian and #TwitterRecognizeSwahili on the social media platform to demand recognition.
The social media platform is popular among Africans, who use it to amplify their concerns and create online communities.
Kenyans are among the most active social media users in Africa.
“We discuss life, love, politics, philosophy, and all else one would expect,” says Mark Kaigwa, founder of the African digital strategy consultancy Nendo.
They also use the network to crowd-fund for campaigns and highlight the positive side of Africa.