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Reaching African audiences in their mother tongue: one film’s ongoing legacy

By Nick Higgins, Chair of Screen Practice, Director of the UWS Creative Media Academy, University of the West of Scotland
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Over 2,000 languages are spoken in Africa, with multilingualism a common feature of everyday life. Across the continent, though, millions of school pupils aren’t taught in their mother tongue.

Zambia, for instance, is a country with a huge range of languages but just one official language: English. Intrigued by the disconnect between the languages spoken at home by children in Zambia…


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