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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:

Naima Boussofara
(785) 864-4448

Ewnetu Tsegaw

Beverly Mack
(785) 864-4260

David Mburu

(785) 864-4217

Peter Ojiambo



Peter Ojiambo



Ibrahima Ba
(785) 864-1227

For further information on the African Language Program contact:

Peter Ojiambo
Language Coordinator

Language Resource Centers:

Other links:

Migration Stories: Africans in Midwestern Communities

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. With close to 10,000 African immigrants living today in the heartland metropolitan centers of Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka, Emporia, Wichita and Garden City, a new project entitled “Migration Stories” will facilitate the sharing of migration stories about Africans within Midwestern communities. Visit to learn more. 

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