Tuesday, July 06, 2004

African Union: Obasanjo new chairman

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is the new chairman of the African Union (AU).

I got a kick out of the following story ...

The outgoing chairman, Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano, caused the translators some trouble when he delivered his farewell speech in Swahili. The AU only uses English, French, Arabic and Portuguese in its summits. They had to scramble to find somebody who could translate Swahili.