Hausa, one of Nigeria’s major language, has been added to Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the social media platform. According to a post on his wall, Mark reckons that more than one billion users communicate using languages other than English, hence the need to expand the horizon and accommodate other lingua franca.
He wrote: “Facebook is now available in more than 100 languages — with more than one billion people using a language other than English! Today we added Fula, Maltese and Corsican. “Our community makes this possible. Over the last decade, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have worked together to find the right translations for words and phrases in the Facebook interface.
“Because the idea of a “Like” in English may mean something different in Arabic or Japanese. “This matters because for people to share what matters to them and see what matters to the people they care about, they need services available in a language they know. “Some of the languages we’ve added don’t have meaningful presences on the internet.
Others, like Corsican, are in danger of disappearing altogether, according to UNESCO. “So thanks to everyone in our community for helping us hit this milestone of 100 languages! We’ll keep working to open up our community to everyone — no matter where they live or what language they speak.” Check out his post here:
This may have been in fulfillment of an earlier promise made by the seventh richest man in the world when he visited Nigeria some weeks ago as he said he was proud of putting Hausa language software on his website. Zuckerberg made this known while speaking on the first day of his visit to Nigeria, which began in Lagos state; the visit was his first to Africa.
He met with youths who associate themselves with technology companies to further encourage them while a statement by the Facebook company said Zuckerberg went to Nigeria for business research.