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This 21-year-old Zambian created a programming language that allows people to write computer codes in native African languages

Mathews Chishinji was born in Zambia Copperbelt in the province of Kitwe. He was born in the year 2000. Mathews Chishinji attended the Chimwemwe Secondary School in Kitwe, and later proceeded to his High School at the Chelston Secondary School, Lusaka, Zambia’s capital.

Driven by the passion for computer programming and software development from an early age, Mathews Chishinji of Zambia came up with this project and created a ‘Hawking’ programming language which now makes it possible for Africans to write in their indigenous languages on computer.

Hawking programming language is a programming language that allows people to write computer code in native African languages. “The reason why I made it is because not every African person is having the Rowling tongue to speak European languages. It’s easier to express an idea with something you understand than something that feels like a leme punishment,” Mathews Chishinji told me.

The first version was in his native Zambian language, Bemba.

He continued saying, “Not to just embrace our community, but to also have a self-reliance of who we are and what we can do; Programming language is like English expressions for that reason, it’s even easier to translate an epic ideological path of educative learners.”

Hawking programming language has almost anything a twenty-first-century generation can need: Artificial intelligence and Machine learning are to be subjected. The language has yearly updates, and a target to reach as many African lands as possible.

I asked him what message he has for the African continent, this is what he told me:

“The message I have for young people mostly teenagers is that as long as they believe, they can archive almost anything, there is no limitation to dreams, I started writing a bit of computer code when I was 14 years old. Ever since I have learned that, with interest and the right tools at the right time, anything is achievable. Young people need to see education as an important tool for their success in life. Without having an educational mind we will have a certain of challenges as Africans. Young minds should also positively use technology, and not in a selfish manner.

With the respect I have for my fellow African programmers out there, I am sure we do have people that are more knowledgeable than me and doing better, so what I can say is, at the moment this is my main focus. At least one thing at a time.”

Features of the Programming Language:

  • Hawking programming is a console and GUI programming language.
  • You can write computer code in Almost every Africans Language.
  • It’s easy to use: The syntax of the Language is well defined and easy to understand.
  • It is user-friendly.
  • Has well-planned documentation.
  • It’s a nonprofit language.
  • Has yearly updates for better user development.
  • It’s faster and easy to fix.
  • It’s a light weighing language.

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Abu Bakarr Jalloh

Abu Bakarr Jalloh is a Sierra Leonean content writer, author, Neo Pan-African and founder of The African Dream, an online platform for inspiring, positive and compelling African stories. Contact: WhatsApp: +23276211583

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