Published July 22, 2017
This video was recorded by Musuweu Theron Kolokwe in Windhoek, Namibia, where Winnie lives and works. Lozi is spoken by as many as 750,000 people throughout southern Africa, in particular Zambia, where it is recognized as a minority language, as well as Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa. It emerged from the convergence of two languages — Luyana and Kololo — during the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Kingdom of Barotseland was conquered by the Makololo people of present-day Lesotho. As such, Lozi is more closely related to Sesotho than it is to its geographical neighbors. It is written with a unique variety of the Latin alphabet.