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Twitter @DigiAfricanLang 2019

Starting on March 20 and running through the rest of 2019, African language digital activists will take turns managing @DigiAfricanLang, a new Twitter account highlighting the role technology and the internet can play in the promotion and the revitalization of languages on the African continent. A key aim of the Twitter campaign will be to recognize the commitment of Africans who are leveraging all types of digital and online media to raise the profile of their languages and cultures online and attract a new generation of speakers.

In partnership with the Yoruba Names Project and Global Voices in Yoruba, Rising Voices will coordinate the participation in the campaign of more than 40 digital activists from across the continent , coinciding with the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

As Twitter hosts, campaign participants will share their insights and perspectives on African languages, including their history, current use in online and offline contexts, challenges and new strategies of revitalization. While technology can play an important role, it is only part of a larger contemporary context that affect the vitality of indigenous languages.

This campaign follows a similar, successful initiative currently underway in Latin America with the Twitter account @ActLenguas.

Among the hosts scheduled to take part in the campaign are individuals working with the Yoruba, Igbo, Swahili, and Twi languages through platforms such as Wikipedia, learning apps and games, translation projects, online dictionaries, localization of digital security apps, and other social media campaigns. See here for the initial list of participants.

This social media project was inspired by initiatives such as @IndigenousX in Australia, whose founder, Luke Pearson, provided important guidance in the planning stages. Global Voices’ own Instagram account is also managed by a rotating roster of community members and has been an excellent way for our diverse membership to share insights about the places where they live.

Please see the schedule below for those who have signed up to share their own stories. We hope to have short profile blog posts on each “host”.

Schedule

(Click on the host's name to read a Q&A blog post)

March 20-26:

Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún (@kolatubosun)

Linguist, lexicographer at @oxfordwords. Founder @yorubanames. Writer at @ktravula etc. Morland Writing Scholar 2019. Author “Edwardsville by Heart” (poetry).

March 27-April 3:

Ọmọ Yoòbá (@yobamoodua)

Olùfẹ́ àṣà. Ọmọ Yorùbá àtàtà. Ọmọ Oòduà t'ọkàntọkàn #Teacher 👉 @tribalingual #localization #translator 👉@L10nLab @gvyoruba #Anthropologist #Farmer #Author

April 4-10:

Zaituni Njovu (@Zaituni_Njovu)

CEO|Technologist|Digital Security Trainer| @ZainaFoundation

April 11-16:

Ursula Zage (@ZuZage)

Writer, Researcher, Open Advocate, Tech Enthusiast, Trainer #Wikipedian, http://ursulazage.com

April 17-23:

Ezeibe Emeka Francis (@emekaezeibe)

Transport/Logistics Consultant #FreelanceFootballWriter,#NPFL Initiator: @Umu_igbo l SELL QUALITY ADIRE MATERIALS #BUSINESSMAN #GoodGovernance #SUSTAINEDBYGRACE

April 24-30:

Adebayo Adegbembo (@technobayo)

Dreamer, Writer, Teacher, Programmer & Cultural Evangelist for Àșà (@genii_games). http://bit.ly/2h6y9Pa

May 1-7:

Mama Adobea Nii Owoo (@AdobeaO)

PhD Student @UofT. Interests: multilingual MTBE, language policy, digital literacies, linguistic decolonization.

May 8-14:

Damilola Adebonojo (@iyayoruba )

Yorùbá Language Specialist | Tutor | Critic | Contributor & Yorùbá Translator at Global Voices | Transcriber | Culture Enthusiast | Founder of Alámọ̀já Yorùbá

May 15-21:

Siya Masuku (@siyamasuku )

uZwide, siyafundaonline.co.za

 

May 22-28:

Denver Toroxa Breda (@ToroxaD )

Joined October 2018

 

May 29-June 4:

Blossom Ozurumba (@blossomozurumba )

Creative bundle. Fellowships: IVLP and NLI. Will likely start a conversation about @Wikimedia without prompting. Abuja, Nigeria, blossomozurumba.com

June 5-11:

Doaa Farid Farah AbdelSayed (@TheNubianVoices)

Nubian Voices is an initiative to represent Nubians and increase awareness about the Nubian culture across the world. #NubiaConnect #MamaAfrica, Nubia

June 12-18:

Tochi Precious (@TochiPrecious3)

I help connect you to the World through Languages. Founder @ http://sla.com.ng . Co-founder @wikimediaigbo. Igbo language editor/translator @igbowiki. Nigeria

June 19-25:

Ibrahima Malal Sarr (@ibrahimasaar)

Indigenous Geek, Web Dev, Professor, Translator, L10N guru, electronics freak, Perfume reviewer, ICT Consultant for African Languages, PULAAR-FULFULDE architect, Le Havre, http://i-sarr.ibrahima-sarr.com

June 26- July 2:

Mpumie Njobe (@MpumieNjobe)

IsiZulu teacher, a translator from English to IsiZulu and a transcriber. Johannesburg, South Africa

July 3-9:

Mahuton Possoupe (@b_mahuton)

🇧🇯🇫🇷 Software Developer – FOSS Advocate – Access Program Fellow ( USA Embassy Cotonou – 2004 ), Ile-de-France, France

July 10-16:

Bonface Witaba (@bswitaba)

Researcher |Writer @GenevaGIP & @GenderITorg|Poet |AI for #MentalHealth|W.E.B Dubois|Malcolm X | Madilu System| @CBF_Futebol| @SantosFC | @realmadriden |Nom✈d Curitiba, Brazilbonfacewitaba.wordpress.com

July 17-23:

Davy Ndlovu (@NdlovuDavid)

cool, loving, smart guy…Zimbabwe

July 24-30:

Kpénahi Traoré (@kpenahiss)

Journaliste à @RFI Mandenkan Issy-les-Moulineaux, Francelavoixdufaso.mondoblog.org

July 31-August 6:

Christian Bwaya (@bwaya)

Career and Parenting Columnist @MwananchiNews | Social Behaviour Writer @MtanzaniaNews | Editor @GVSwahili | Lecturer in Psychology and Counselling | Moshi, Tanzania http://bwaya.blogspot.com

August 7-13:

Andriamifidisoa Ny Haja Zo (@jentilisa)

Malagasy Blogger, Malagasy Lingua Manager and translator at Global Voices. Tweets mostly in malagasy… Madagascar http://jentilisa.blaogy.com

August 14-20:

Mazhun Idris (@HausaTranslator)

Sociolinguist | Multimedia Consultant | #Hausa professional localization: translation, transcription, research, content production | Member @atanet #ɓɗƙƴ, Nigeria

August 21-27:

Adaobi Anukwu (@ada_onyenkuzi)

Igbo Language Advocate and Tutor | Language Service Provider. Maka ọdịmma asụsụ Igbo , biko ndị be ànyi,suo nu Igbo❤ Lagos Nigeria

September 4-10:

Ozurumba Uzoma Ihechiluru (@uzomaozurumba)

Determined to make a difference. |Architect | Photography Lover | Creative | Volunteer work @Wikimedia, @WikimediaIgbo|

September 11-17:

Kingsley Oluchi Ugwuanyi (@KingsUgwuanyi)

Lecturer at University of Nigeria in #Sociolinguistics | PhDing at @NorthumbriaUni | Consultant to @OED | copy-editor

September 18-24:

Sam Oyeyele (@samoyeyele)

Outreach Coordinator at Wikimedia NG | Wikipedian | Electrical Engineer | Photographer | Entrepreneur | Nollywood Enthusiast | Instagram: SamOyeyele

September 25-October 1:

Justin Sègbédji Ahinon (@justinahinon1)

Currently WordPress 5.3 release squad | WordPress Lead Developer | Fixing the web at @SemeCity | @WPCotonou organizer

October 2-8:

Aremu A. Adeola Jr. (@aremuadeolajr)

Budding Linguist, Writer, Board games coach. Inventor @LingoYooba, Founder @AremuLtd, Lexicographer @YorubaNames. ¦¦ Tech enthusiast, lagos,nigeria, http://aremu.home.blog

October 9-15:

Moffat Kihoro (@yiakupeople)

Democracy, Women Rights, Environmental Conservation and Prosperity, Kenya http://yiakulaikipiaktrust.org