The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Tuesday officially declared July 7 each year as a global Kiswahili day.
The announcement was made today at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, France, during a conference of member states.
According to a statement published on UNESCO’s twitter page, a special resolution to announce the day has been adopted by all members without exception.
The move makes Kiswahili the first African language to be recognized by the United Nations and to have a special day of celebration.
Kiswahili has so far been recognized as one of the official languages in the African Union, and has served as the official language of the East African Community and the African Parliament as one of the most widely spoken African languages in the world.
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