6 interesting facts about Rwanda you probably never knew

July 01, 2019 at 11:00 am | We Tour

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

July 01, 2019 at 11:00 am | We Tour

Source: dw.com

Changed its national language from French to English overnight

Kinyarwanda is the language spoken the most in Rwanda. As a former Belgian colony, it was also a Francophone country. French was the language of education, business transactions, and government affairs. English was later added as a third official language in the 1990s just after the genocide, but French remained the language of education, in classes and at school.

The change came about because English is arguably a more universal business language and Rwanda is surrounded by English-speaking neighbours. Sharing a spoken language helps to promote trade and exchange both within Africa and across the world.

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