Origins of Swahili/Kiswahili
Traditionally, Swahili is regarded to be a language of the Great lakes region of Africa especially the coastal areas of Tanganyika present Tanzania and Kenya. The language is believed to have been first spoken by natives of the coastal mainland and spread to various Islands surround South Eastern Africa mostly by fishermen. This then regarded Swahili as a fisherman’s language. Swahili language was a language of engagement between traders and the coastal people in the early 2nd century before it rapidly spread to the Swahili coast in the 6th century.
There is also a cultural aspect that suggests that Swahili is as a result of early Zaromo people who settled in Zanzibar from Tanganyika (Tanzania). The version of African tradition believes that the language descended from the early settlers of the aromatic flower buds known as coves from the Oman an Arab country in the south-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The Oman people had their journey to Africa with the interest of spreading I slam and their by adding slowly a few words to Swahili language. They built forts and castles in major trading and cultural centres. This stretched far as Sofala in Mozambique and Kilwa in Tanzania to the south, Mombasa and Lamu in Kenya, the Comoros Islands and northern Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, and Barawa to the north in southern Somalia." alt="Swahili or Kiswahili Language Part, one" />