…Celebrating Beautiful Swahili a Rich and Diverse Language…
Sema Jambo is a leading player in promoting and creating awareness of diverse Swahili Speaking communities from countries that stretch from the Clove Islands of Zanzibar and Pemba to Mozambique in the South of Africa. We will be offering our Swahili Splendour- a world-class Glittering Gala Swahili Evening that will immerse audiences in the beauty of Swahili cultures, entertainment, networking and cuisine.
Welcome to World Kiswahili Day 2024!
On the 7th of July, World Kiswahili Day, officially recognised by the United Nations in 2022, takes centre stage. To commemorate this significant day, MTM Awards, in collaboration with Bristol Black Cares, initiated the inaugural Kiswahili Day celebrations at The River Room of the House of Lords, Westminster, in 2022.
The River Room, a distinctive state room in the House of Lords offering breath-taking views of the Thames, set the stage for our second celebrations, in 2023.
In 2024, we are honoured to return to the River Room for the third consecutive year to rejoice in the beauty of Kiswahili, a language spoken by over 300 million people worldwide.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the Late Lord Mohamed Altaf Sheikh for supporting the inaugural evening by facilitating the event venue, and Baroness Sandy Verma for hosting the occasion. We were privileged to have H.E Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland, as our esteemed chief guest.
In attendance were distinguished guests from Swahili-speaking countries in the diaspora, along with a diverse array of community and business leaders from across the UK. The evening was a delightful blend of culture, networking, Swahili entertainment, and light refreshments, making it a stellar success, building upon the achievements of our second-year celebrations in 2023.
2023 saw us hold two events, July 5th at the River Room, House of Lords, London and the Sema Jambo Glittering Gala Swahili Evening at Westminster Hall, an evening we launched the SJA Awards by MTM,
The theme of this festivity is “Sema Jambo,” which translates to ‘Say Hello.’
This year, we aim for a three-day celebration, commencing on the 4th of July and reaching its climax on July 7th in London, United Kingdom. This event is open to all, inviting Swahili-speaking communities worldwide to ‘Come and Celebrate – Beautiful Swahili.’
Join us for an immersive experience that celebrates the richness of Kiswahili language and culture.
A mosaic of races, the Swahili people embody genetic influences from the Bantu, Arabs, Indians, Persians, and Portuguese.
A glimpse into World Kiswahili Day 2022!
World Kiswahili Day 2022!
As the first organisation to celebrate the official recognition of Kiswahili by the United Nations in the UK, we stand committed to take these celebrations further in years to come.
We are delighted and proud to note that the United Nations has declared 7 July each year A World Kiswahili Day, to celebrate the Swahili language.
As a son of Africa, it is a great honour to be in the River Room, House of Lords this July 7th We are here to mark this day and listen to some renowned Swahili speakers, enjoy live Swahili music and hopefully share our experiences of the language, culture, fashion and food.
Growing up in Kenya, we were not accustomed to speak Kiswahili at home, a shortfall of our parents who believed English is the preferred language. Moving to the United Kingdom, I managed to learn the language through Swahili speaking friends at the university.
Beautiful Kiswahili is one of the most widely spoken languages in Africa and in the diaspora with about 150 million people within and outside the continent, speaks Kiswahili.
This being the first event of its kind not only in the United Kingdom but across Europe, we hope to have a much bigger celebration in the coming year, 2023.
Finally I would like to thank the Lord Mohamed Altaf Sheikh for initially facilitating the use of this House of Democracy; sadly Lord Sheikh cannot be with us this evening as advised by his doctors.
Kiswahili Day 2022 Evening was hosted by Baroness Sandy Verma with Ali Attas a renowned broadcaster and author as the Keynote Speaker. Rahi Bains, provided live entertainment and Namite Selvaggi and Mombasa Roots via stream
Thank you all for joining in the celebration and our send greetings to Anndeloris Chacon of Bristol Black Carers, our partners in this event.
Executive Director and Founder
South West Media Network
July 7th 2022.