Published April 19, 2018
This video was recorded by Theron Kolokwe in Windhoek, Namibia, where he and Hannah live. Oshiwambo, also known as Ovango, is spoken by at least 1.4 million people, primarily in the Southern African nations of Angola and Namibia. A Bantu language of the Niger-Congo linguistic family, Oshiwambo is loosely related to more than a thousand other mother tongues throughout the African continent, including Swahili, KiKongo, and Shona. With around half the population of Namibia speaking Oshiwambo, the language boasts a rich diversity of dialects, for two literary standards — Kwanyama and Ndonga — have been developed, making Oshiwambo an example of what linguists describe as ‘pluricentric languages’.