CAPE TOWN - Swahili has become the first African language to receive language recognition from Twitter.
Previously, Twitter has referred to Swahili words as Indonesian in terms of translation. However, now the platform has started recognising Swahili words and offers a translation of the widely spoken and written East and Southern African language.
Records indicate that the language is spoken by 50 million plus people especially in East Africa. Swahili is listed as a national language for the following countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda.
Swahili is however yet to be added in the language settings of Twitter. Since last week, Twitter started detecting the language in tweets and subsequently offered a close to perfect translation as with most other foreign languages.
On Twitter, the trends #SwahiliIsNotIndonesian and #TwitterRecognizeSwahili were trending.
These are what users were saying regarding the matter:
Finally after #SwahiliIsNotIndonesian https://t.co/lHLo5uFqON and #TwitterRecognizeSwahili https://t.co/d4fVpwg7T0 campaigns in April , twitter recognises Kiswahili as official language. Twitter no longer identifies Swahili as Indonesian https://t.co/8AbkN68QRg via @dailynation— Embakasi Finest™🐐🇰🇪 (@mboya_k) May 6, 2018
#AsanteSanaTwitter— MakeItKenya (@BrandKenya) May 3, 2018
We made noise, a lot of noise;
Regarding #SwahiliIsNotIndonesian and #TwitterRecognizeSwahili
We take this earliest opportunity to say thank you to @Twitter for listening.
Thank you for recognizing Swahili - #KiswahiliKitukuzwe @Swahilihub @Taifa_Leo pic.twitter.com/yY9FsVQYHV
#SwahiliIsNotIndonesian— 🅝🅖'🅐🅝🅖'🅐🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪 (@IamNjokiKelvin) April 20, 2018
Swahili is spoken by over 150 Million Africans but that sti doesn't bother twitter.🤗🤗
- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE