Twitter Recognises Yoruba Language

Twitter Recognises Yoruba Language

Yoruba will be the only other African language asides Afrikaans  to be supported by the Twitter network. reports.

On the 1st of March 2012, some young Yoruba youths started a #TweetYoruba campaign on the micro-blogging site, Twitter. Their aim? To get Yoruba supported on Twitter.

Their efforts didn't go Unnoticed. After a few hours of a sustained barrage, Twitter’s translation desk took notice and promised that support would come in a few months.

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Of all the Nigerians from Yoruba extraction both in Nigeria and beyond, driving the campaign, one name stood out, Kola Tubosun (@baroka on Twitter), a linguist and Yoruba scholar who was very active in the campaign.

After  two years of dedication from a core of Yoruba power translators, the final outcome is a testament to the fact that Kola and his team did a good job. The Twitter localisation staffer they had corresponded with during the campaign recently notified Kola that Yoruba had been added to Twitter’s translation centre.

Read Kola's interview Here


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