South African opposition party EFF leader Julius Malema has called for the adoption of Kiswahili as Africa’s common language.
Malema also called for a border-less continent, a common currency, and “a United States of Africa”. At a media briefing, Malema said
“We must develop a common language that can be used throughout the continent. Like Swahili, if it can be developed as the language of the continent.”
This suggestion of Swahili as the language of the continent has been proposed before but only a few countries have agreed to it. Kiswahili is already one of the African Union’s official language. It is spoken in several East African countries being Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda and has over 100 million speakers.
Malema’s general objective is to have a border-less continent. Malema says,
“We need a border-less continent, we need one currency, one parliament and one President that can unite the continent. We need a United States of Africa. We need one Africa.”
However, official government business throughout Africa is communicated in mostly French and English. To achieve what Malema is suggesting, Africa needs one language that can unite the people.