UNESCO picks July 7 to be World Kiswahili Day
he United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has picked July 7th as a day to celebrate Kiswahili language, which is spoken by millions of people in East and Central Africa, and some other parts of the continent.
According to UN’s official news website, the decision was arrived at on Tuesday, November 23 after all its member states came to a consensus during a conference at its headquarters in Paris.
A spot check on the website revealed that July 7 has been selected as the World Kiswahili Day making it the first language in Africa to have its own day of celebration.
Kiswahili is recognized as one of the official languages used in Africa with the East African Co-operation using it as its official language.
In September, People’s Daily, China’s biggest Chinese-language online news website joined a long list of international media organizations broadcasting and publishing news content in Swahili language.
The Chinese state-owned media giant headquartered in Beijing launched the Swahili version of its website – Swahili.people.cn. Also unveiled alongside the Swahili website by the company are the Italian and Kazakh online news platforms.
This, according to the Chinese media outlet, is part of a continuing ‘effort to expand its worldwide programming to target new regions, groups, and content categories.’