29th November 2022

Amb. Nyule Ngumbao, Deputy Head of Mission, joined participating members of the African Diplomatic Corps as a Judge of the 32nd Swahili Speech Contest that was held on 27th November 2022 at Soka University, Tokyo.

Amb. Nyule Ngumbao issued opening statement as a judge of the 32nd Swahili Speech Contest held at Soka University, Tokyo

The theme of this year’s contest was “Ufunguo wa dunia yenye Amani umo kiganjani mwako” that saw 3 participants showcase their mastery of the Swahili language through their individual presentations to the attending judges and visitng members of the public.

Amb. Nyule Ngumbao issued closing remarks and congratulatory message to the contestants of the 32nd Swahili Speech Contest held at Soka University, Tokyo

As a component of the cultural pillar of Kenya’s Foreign Policy, Swahili language is appreciated the language of Ubuntu with a growing global audience. The announcement by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designating 7th July as World Kiswahili Language Day and the adoption of Swahili as an official working language of the African Union in February 2022 are some of the milestones achieved towards promotion, preserving and celebrating the diverse African heritage.

Amb. Nyule Ngumbao and members of Embassy staff interacted with the contestants of the 32nd Swahili Speech Contest at Soka University

The contest is organized annually by the Pan African Friendship Society of Soka University and is aimed at promoting cross cultural understanding and exchanges while carrying on the principles and ideals of the founder of Soka University, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda.