The Late President Julius Nyerere, Ayi Kwei Armah an African writer, and Professor Ali Mazrui, a renowned Pan-Africanist are among the staunch supporters and advocates for the adoption of Kiswahili as a continental lingua Franca (Chimera 2000; Mulokozi 2002; Katembo 2008: 112).
As Kiswahili has no doubt been consolidated as a Regional Lingua Franca (Chebet-Choge 2012), its promotion in the rest of Africa is achievable at least to some extent.
And certainly, a continental lingua franca is not a quest that can be achieved overnight, however, if the AU can assume a leading role by laying out a long term plan towards the adoption and consolidation of Kiswahili as the continental lingua franca, slowly but surely, one day sooner or later, will be achievable.
It has also highlighted the challenges that confront its consolidation in Ghana and beyond and has argued that the future adoption and promotion of Kiswahili as a continental lingua franca has positive implications for the ultimate achievement of African unity.
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