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Nigerian film writer, director intensify campaigns to make Amharic official language of AU 

Rahemato _ Amharic _ AU
Rahmatou Keita

By Staff reporter

ADDIS ABABA FEBRUARY – 20/2023 – In a letter submitted to the president-in-Office of African union, President of the Republic of Rwanda, film writer and director, Rahmatou Keita pleaded with the president to help make Amharic in the list of African Union’s official languages. 

Keita said that Amharic is firstly “the official and most spoken language of our dear Ethiopia, land of Dinkinesh (Lucy) and the country where the African Union is located”. She thus called on his Excellency, Mr. President, to give due emphasis and facilitate ways to list Amharic as one of the official languages of the Union. It is of her opinion that Africans should protect their treasures, among which Amharic is the one.  

Keita reminded the president of how Africans innocently failed to pay due attention to the issue of utilizing their own languages in arenas where Africans regularly get together for common issues. She brought into the attention of her addressees an incident that occurred some six decades back. “At the time of the creation of the African Union Organization in 1963, presided by Emperor Haile-Silassie, Amharic was put aside in regard to the fact that it was spoken in a restricted amounts and only in Ethiopia…,” she stated in her letter.

Keita said in a regretful manner that Africans were not aware of the fact that their languages, cultures and lifestyles were about to be “dramatically endangered”. The Nigerian lady has thus underscored in her letter addressing Mr. President of AU and President of Rwanda that he is duty bound to pave the way to make Amharic the official language of the Union. “This would be the best way to protect it and it would be the solidarity of all the continent and its diaspora in its safeguarding,” Keita said. 

Available sources indicate that Amharic was widely spoken in Ethiopia from the 9th century and became an instrument of the state language since 14th century. Serving as the official working language of the Ethiopian federal government, Amharic, one of the ancient languages in the world, is spoken by over 100 million people.

Related reading : Movie star Rahmatou Keita campaign to make Amharic language one of official languages of African Union

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11 COMMENTS

  1. O boy! Now the whole Minnesota, former General E. Lee seat and some Michigan state learning outfit will be up in arms. This film writer should expect to receive ‘How dare you?’ hate letters, emails and text messages from these bigoted college professors, Jihadi Jane’s, missionary canteen scavengers and Ethiopian Neo-Nazis groups. Those in bushes who have been butchering unarmed innocent citizens could be hard at work now chicken scratching death threatening letters to this Pan-Africanist writer. Let’s all band around her!!!

    • dear beloved Ittu Aba Farda .you are friend of Isayas afeworku in Eritrea
      There are people from 4 corners of Ethiopia denouncing amharic as nefetegn tool to propagate hatespeech and massacre and consequently amharic should be banned even in ethiopia let alone in AU.It is a baddest idea and could be worst to think of it.
      Is she from amhara region who fled to nigeria ?
      or else, she is sharing some economic interest with neftegna elites. Some says neftegna elites bribed every one in AU as they stole resouces of our land, Oromia and SNNP.

      • You hurled aimless missiles at Asmara and Al-Toweel Isaias came after you and kicked the tar out of you. Don’t blame him for fighting back but blame it all on yourself. Where did all that ‘gold race’ claim go from you? You picked a fight with the wrong people, those brothers and sisters of Eritrea!!! Are you still sore from their beatings? O poor boy!!!

    • In the up and coming AI world, a “natural” language like Amharic is going to make this Film writer & director idea a reality across Africa and the world faster than anyone can imagine.

      Already ChatGBT, GBT-3, and many more… are threatening DATA based “professions” (unskilled) the world over within the next 5 years. All the Big-Tech firms already reducing their work forces by tens of thousands, replacing them with AI.

      I predict, Oromo dumping ABCD & switching to Amharic letters very soon.
      Africans will be able to learn Amharic faster with AI- translators… The folks you mentions above and a lot more like them around the Glob are going to be on Suicide watch…

      AI, ” I do not understand what you are saying”. To those folks…

      A lot of hair-pulling is coming…

      Be well.

      • Sorry, I missed a line… that should have been above the second-last line starting with AI, “….”

        Someone asking AI, “Mal-tate bo?”

        AI, “I do not understand what you are saying”.

        Be well.

  2. QUOTE: “Nigerian film writer, director intensify campaigns to make Amharic official language of AU
    February 20, 2023″ UNQUOTE

    Humble Opinion with Excitment
    ” AMHARIC OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF AU” !!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!
    I repeat: “Amharic official language of AU”!?!?!!?!!?
    AMHARIC, the off- spring of GEEZE (*), to be the AFRICAN LANGUAGE!?!?! ?!?! WOW!!! WOW!!!

    DEAR MADAME RAHMATOU KEITA
    I SALUTE YOU!
    YOUR ARE DARING, WITH FULL CONFIDENCE OF YOUR SELF.
    THAT IS WHAT IT SHOULD BE i.e. YOU GUIDED AFRICA TO ITS HIDDEN INHERENT POTENTIALITY and DIGNITY.
    In a sense, in general, it was an IMAGE that was crafted against THE PEOPLE OF BLACK AFRICANS — LEADING TO PERMANENT INFERIORITY COMPLEX ON THE ENTIRE BLACK RACE on EARTH — THAT WAS NEVER APPLIED TO ANY OTHER SOCIETIES AROUND THE GLOBE.
    —————————–
    (x). GEEZE is the counter part of European ‘ LATIN’

  3. What a proud African woman. She sees perspectives way beyond many of the jackal inferiority infected Ethiopian ethnic politicians. For them, making mandarin AU official language is much acceptable than the African language that they use to do business everyday. Ms. Rahmatu, you are our( African) jewel. You are right from the core. Respect!!!

  4. dear beloved Ittu Aba Farda .you are friend of Isayas afeworku in Eritrea
    There are people from 4 corners of Ethiopia denouncing amharic as nefetegn tool to propagate hatespeech and massacre and consequently amharic should be banned even in ethiopia let alone in AU.It is a baddest idea and could be worst to think of it.
    Is she from amhara region who fled to nigeria ?
    or else, she is sharing some economic interest with neftegna elites. Some says neftegna elites bribed every one in AU as they stole resouces of our land, Oromia and SNNP.

  5. If you are interested to learn Amharic while you have good English , then you can reach me out by dagnachewmoges (at)yahoo.com or watsup +251913439104
    Best

  6. Brothers and sisters, the ongoing effort for the last 32 years. Please, support the campaign by signing the petition.
    Thank you.

    Yeharerwerk (YeEthiopiawerk) Gashaw.
    Petition link
    “https://www.change.org/p/የኢትዮጵያን-ፊደል-የአፍሪካ-እንድነት-እና-የአፍሪካ-አሃጉር-ፊደል-ይደረግ-ዘመቻ-በየሐረርወርቅ-የኢትዮጵያወርቅ-ጋሻው-au-make-amaric-one-of-au-s-official-languages”

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