Oratile Olivia Gabaphethe: striving to keep the Setswana language relevant, online and offline

Starting June 15-21, 2023, Oratile Olivia Gabaphethe from South Africa will be hosting the @DigiAfricanLang Twitter account, sharing with us how she's strived for the young people to get in touch with their own languages — as well as their own roots — through various means such as short films and other types of media.

In her own words from an earlier interview with Rising Voices:

The next generation remains my motivation.

Nothing would bless my heart more than seeing those coming after me live in and embrace who they are, without having to alter themselves. Growing up, we had that; Setswana was out there and most people, if not everyone, had something to say with Setswana as a language, as per language.

However, year after year, it comes down being on the radar Either the language is wrongfully portrayed or not considered at all. Cultural heritage, the preservation of the language by its people, to its people and for its people are all part of my motivation.”

Follow @DigiAfricanLang for discussions and advocacy regarding the need for increased linguistic diversity online and across the African continent.

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