Did you know...
- ...that Sonjo, a Bantu language of northern Tanzania, has been spoken for centuries in an isolated enclave in Maasai territory?
- ...that a large portion of the vocabulary of the coastal Mozambiquean language Ekoti derives from a past variety of Swahili?
- ...that while the Berber scholar Arsène Roux of France collected and studied an enormous amount of Sous Berber texts and manuscripts, almost nothing from his scholarly work actually saw publication during his lifetime?
- ...that the border between Nilo-Saharan languages and Bantu languages among the languages of Uganda roughly coincides with the Victoria Nile?
- ...that Diedrich H. Westermann found out that some of the Sudanic languages were related to the Bantu languages but did not explicitly state this conclusion until much later in his career, out of respect for his teacher Carl Meinhof?
- ...that the 1318 Mamluk Qala'un Mosque was considered the most glamorous mosque in Cairo until its wooden dome collapsed in the 16th century?
- ...that the Yaaku at a community meeting between 1925 and 1936 decided to abandon their own language in favour of Maasai?
- ...that Bono Manso, the capital of Bono state, was an ancient Akan trading town in present-day Ghana, which was frequented by caravans from Djenné as part of the Trans-Saharan trade?
- ...that Dorobo is a derogatory Maa term for various unrelated hunter-gatherer groups of Kenya and Northern Tanzania?
- ...that the Defaka people of Nigeria are gradually abandoning their language in favour of the language of the Nkoroo, their close neighbours?
- ...that missionaries of the Belgian Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae did missionary work in China, Mongolia, the Philippines, and in Congo Free State/Belgian Congo?
- ...that many speakers of Nobiin were forcedly resettled to Kom Ombo (Egypt) and New Halfa (Sudan) due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam?
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