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Fulfulde and using African languages in media
Oct 10, 2019

The Fulfulde Vehicular Cross-Border Language, also known as Fula, Pulaar, PularPeul, is a non-tonal language spoken as various closely related dialects, in a continuum that stretches across some 15 countries of Western and Central Africa. Like the Serer and Wolof languages, it belongs to the subfamily of the Niger-Congo languages. It is spoken as a first language by the Fulani peoples and related ethnic groups such as the Toucouleur. Fulfulde is also spoken as a second language by many in the region, such as the Kirdi of Northern Cameroon and North-Eastern Nigeria. The largest concentrations of Fulfulde are in Nigeria, Senegal, and Guinea.

Fulfulde is widely spoken in Africa and is therefore a factor of African integration and development. This is one of the reasons why the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) has chosen it as one of the first batch of 12 vehicular cross-border languages on which its language development activities are concentrated on.

ACALAN is encouraging the use of African languages in all spheres of life in Africa, especially as languages of instruction and in the media.

Find the Fulfulde newspaper here.


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