November 21 of every year is observed as World Hello Day. Created by Brian and Michael McCormack and first celebrated in 1973, the basis behind the celebration of this day is rather insightful and deserves to be commended.
As a response to the deadly Yom Kippur War which was fought between Israel and a coalition of Arab countries in 1973, the McCormack brothers came up with the idea of using the day to promote the use of dialogue and communication as the tool for conflict resolution rather than physical aggression.
Being a participant and an advocate for this day is also pretty simple; just greet ten or more people!
So here, we are sharing on how to say hello in 23 African languages. Enjoy!
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Salibonani means hello in Ndebele (Spoken in South Africa).
Amosi means hello in the Luo dialect (Spoken in Kenya and Tanzania).
Dumela (singular) / Dumelang (plural) means hello in Northern Sotho language (Spoken in South Africa).
Moni means hello in the Chewa/ Nyanja dialect (Spoken in Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe).
Tadiyass means hello in Amharic (Spoken in Ethiopia).
Mholo / Mholweni means hello in Xhosa (Spoken in South Africa).
Selam means hello in Tigrinya (Spoken in Eritrea).
Lumela means hello in Sotho (Spoken in Lesotho, South Africa and Zimbabwe).
Kudual means hello in Dinka (Spoken in South Sudan).
Sannu means hello in Hausa.
Sawubona means hello in Swazi.
Kedu means hello in Igbo language (Spoken in Nigeria).
I nhlikanhi/ Ndaa to a male/ Aa to a female means hello in Venda (Spoken in South Africa).
Bawo means hello in Yoruba (Spoken in Nigeria).
Mbote means hello in Lingala (Spoken in DRC, Republic of Congo and Angola).
Habari yako means hello in Swahili.
Xewane means hello in Tsonga (Spoken in South Africa).
Dumela means hello in Tswana (Spoken in Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia)
Sawubona means hello in Zulu (Spoken in South Africa).
Ki kati means hello in Luganda (Spoken in Uganda).
Miarahaba means hello in Malagasy.
Ashamaa means hello in Oromo (Spoken in Ethiopia).
Mhoro means hello in Shona (Spoken in Zimbabwe).