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KU Program in African Languages

The University of Kansas African languages program features Arabic, Hausa, KiSwahili, Wolof and Amharic. Other African languages taught include Ancient Egyptian and Coptic. Faculty at the University of Kansas possess competence in other African languages such as : Yoruba, Edo, KiKongo, Chinyanja, Afrikaans, Twi, and Karimojong, to name a few. If you have interest in one of these languages, or questions for one of these faculty, please consult the list below, view the websites devoted to each individual language, or contact us at or (785) 864-3745.

Faculty and instructors of main languages:

Mahmoud Ali
(785) 864-1265

Brenda Wawire

Brenda Wawire

Peter Ojiambo

Peter Ojiambo



Ibrahima Ba
(785) 864-1227















For further information on the African Language Program contact:

Brenda Wawire
​Language Coordinator

Language Resource Centers:

Other links:

Expert instruction in Arabic, Kiswahili, and Wolof at the beginning and intermediate levels will be offered over eight weeks in June-July 2018.

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships

The Kansas African Studies Center has received $140,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to launch public discussions, community programming, and the creation of educational resources in local communities to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding recent demographic changes in the region. Visit to learn more. 

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