THE SWAHILI LANGUAGE
Swahili is the most widely studied African language. In East and Central Africa, more than 50 million people speak Swahili. For many, it is a second, third, or fourth language. Because of its prominence, Swahili’s adoption as a common language, and its flexibility, serves as the official and national language of Kenya and Tanzania. It is also the official language of Uganda and Rwanda. Swahili is also the working language of the African Union.
Because it is spoken over a widely diverse area, several variations of Swahili have developed.