Here are 25 African ways of saying Merry Christmas

December 23, 2019 at 01:00 pm | Lifestyle

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

December 23, 2019 at 01:00 pm | Lifestyle

Africa is home to thousands of major languages that are spoken by millions of people on the continent.

As Christmas approaches, the Christian community in Africa is gearing up to celebrate it in style. Although not an African festival, Christmas remains one of the biggest celebrations on the continent.

Marked annually on the 25th of December, Christmas comes with its special salutation i.e. Merry Christmas. The greeting, however, has been Africanised in several dialects.

In commemoration of Christmas, here are 25 ways of saying Merry Christmas in some African languages;

1.  Afrikaans (South Africa, Namibia) – Geseënde Kersfees

2. Akan (Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin) – Afishapa

3. Amharic (Ethiopia) – Melikam Gena! (መልካም ገና!)

4. Ashanti/Asante/Asante Twi (Ghana) – afehyia pa

5. Chewa (Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe) – Moni Wa Chikondwelero Cha Kristmasi

6. Dagbani (Ghana) – Ni ti Burunya Chou

7. Edo (Nigeria) – Iselogbe

8. Ewe (Ghana, Togo) – Blunya na wo

9. Fula/Fulani (Niger, Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Sudan, Togo, Guinea, Sierra Leone) – Jabbama be salla Kirismati

10. Hausa (Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Togo) – barka dà Kirsìmatì

11. Ibibio (Nigeria) – Idara ukapade isua

12. Igbo/Igo (Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea) – E keresimesi Oma

13. Kinyarwanda (Rwanda, Uganda, DR Congo) – Noheli nziza

14. Lingala (DR Congo, Rep Congo, Central African Republic, Angola) – Mbotama Malamu

15. Luganda (Uganda) – Seku Kulu

16. Ndebele (Zimbabwe, South Africa) – Izilokotho Ezihle Zamaholdeni

17. Shona (Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana) – Muve neKisimusi

18. Soga/Lasoga (Uganda) – Mwisuka Sekukulu

19. Somali (Somalia, Djibouti) – Kirismas Wacan

20. Sotho (Lesotho, South Africa) – Le be le keresemese e monate

21. Swahili (Tanzania, Kenya, DR Congo, Uganda) – Krismasi Njema / Heri ya Krismasi

22. Tigrinya (Ethiopia and Eritreia) – Ruhus Beal Lidet

23. Xhosa/isiXhosa (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho) – Krismesi emnandi

24. Yoruba (Nigeria, Benin) – E ku odun, e ku iye’dun

25. Zulu (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland) – UKhisimusi omuhle

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