Swahili speaking bloggers in Africa are now able to set up to seamlessly blog in Swahili using a new version of the popular blogging platform WordPress. Until recently the most recent WordPress version for which Swahili translations were available was 3.x, which made it practically impossible to set up a WordPress site in Swahili.

Now, it is possible.

Swahili is the most widely spoken, non-tribal language in Africa. Currently, it is spoken by over 150 million people in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, Somalia, Zambia, Malawi, and the Comoros Islands. It is the official language of the African Union (AU) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

Screenshot of the home page of the new Swahili version of WordPress.

Promoting African languages on the Internet

Released in 2007 by American developer Matt Mullenweg and English developer Mike Little, WordPress is a popular free and open-source content management system. It is used by over 60% of website owners and bloggers.

FiFi Finance, a global, multilingual finance portal startup registered in Estonia, paid a Kenyan WordPress expert, Jacksiro, to translate the platform as part of its vision to promote African languages and content online.

Currently, the startup is building a finance portal in Swahili. The founders expect the portal to be the leading finance portal in the most widely spoken African language.

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