When you have dinner with most Kiswahili-speaking Africans living in the diaspora the conversations are mainly in English with occasional Kiswahili words. A few of them openly admit that they can’t speak their own language anymore. The same trend is evident in a place like Kenya where most youth prefer English, Kiswahili, or Sheng, a street language spoken in urban areas and created by mixing English, Kiswahili, and other ethnic languages.
One Vibe Africa USA’s African Languages & Culture will create an online subscription based portal on One Vibe Africa’s web site to serve the following purposes:
- Allow Africans in the diaspora to refresh their languages and culture.
- Serve as an authentic resource for non-African students’, researchers, investors, and tourists interested in learning African Languages & Culture.
- Serve as an educational platform for students both in Africa, and the rest of the world.
The films in One Vibe’s African Languages & Culture portal will be in a class setting in various parts of Africa, or the diaspora, and they will be filmed through One Vibe’s Piga Picha Project. The 5-minute clips will aim at teaching viewers five words in five minutes, and they will be accompanied with subtitles and animation for effective learning.
The first set of films from One Vibe’s African Languages & Culture will be unveiled in April 2016, and they will be targeting Swahili language learners. The first set of films will also feature a series of cultural norms, and values for the learners who speak some Kiswahili but are only interested in enhancing their cultural awareness.