Explainer Premiere

Explainer Premiere

We have launched our YouTube Channel where we will be sharing explainer videos about the East African Coast. Visit here and subscribe.

The first video takes a look at the identity of the Swahili people native to the East African Coast. The Swahili are a Bantu community that is native to the East African coast. They were the western Indian Ocean’s middlemen in the intercontinental trade that linked Africa to Asia, the Middle East and Europe.


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-Whiteley, W. Swahili: The Rise of a National Language. London: Methuen and Co., 1969

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