Surajo Teete: bringing the Fulfulde language of Nigeria into the digital world

Starting August 3-9, 2023, Surajo Teete will manage the @DigiAfricanLang Twitter account to share his work around the Fulfulde language, which is native to Western Africa. In a previous interview with him, he introduces himself:

As a language student who got the National Certificate in Education from FCE, Kano and specialized in Fulfulde, English alongside Education, I was exposed to the language endangerment that languages are experiencing, Fulfulde included, due to the nature of its diverse speakers over African countries.

In this pursuit I acquired a Bachelor of Linguistics, from Bayero University, Kano, to equip myself with policies, strategies, and possible ways to sustain the language. During my project I wrote on “Code – Switching as a Step to Language Endangerment: A Case Study of Some Selected Fulɓe Families in Kano Metropolis,” to measure the level of language switching of Fulfulde speakers in Kano.

In our efforts to sustain, and develop Fulfulde, we initiated Sakiraaɓe Media, an outlet that posts news in Fulfulde, both in audio and in written forms. This has gone and done a lot for sustaining and developing the language vocabulary, and maintaining the language usage.

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

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