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English To Become Official Language In Rwanda

We switch gears now for a story from Rwanda. You’ll probably remember that in the mid-1990s, a horrific conflict between the country’s two main ethnic groups, the Hutus and the Tutsis, resulted in the massacre of hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading

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French is dead, long live English Rwanda!

After 100 years of French as the official language in Rwanda, President Paul Kagamé has led his country to join the British the Commonwealth. Overnight, Rwanda’s official language became English, schoolchildren no longer learn French in public schools, and cricket … Continue reading

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Rwanda opts for English teaching

Officially the Rwandan decision is a result of joining the English-speaking East African Community. But relations between Rwanda and France have been frosty following the 1994 genocide, when France was accused of supporting Hutu militias. Rwanda has applied to join … Continue reading

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Cameroon: English speakers dream of “le divorce”

  According to government statistics, English is the first language for 20 percent of Cameroon’s 16.7 million people. These persons form a majority in the present day South-West and North-West Provinces.   “The text of the federal constitution, which was … Continue reading

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English speakers mourn in Cameroon

Some Anglophone activists belonging to the militant Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC) argue that English speakers are marginalised in majority French-speaking Cameroon. A statement released by the chairman of the SCNC, former ambassador Henry Fossung, described the celebrations as a non-event, … Continue reading

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