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THE LANGUAGES OF LOVE: 54 AFRICAN Ways Of Saying “I Love You” This Valentine’s Day….



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Hi folks!

A very special “happy valentine’s day!”. I hope it was special

I hope you had a chance to tell your loved ones “I love you”. And if you are from the continent, like I am, it was even more special to tell them in my/our language.

Here are the different ways to say “I love you” from the 54 Kingdoms….

ko kicinio – Afar – spoken in Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia:

Ek’s lief vir jou / Ek het jou lief – Afrikaans – spoken in South Africa, and Namibia:

Me dowapaa  – Akan/Twi/Fante – spoken in Ghana:

afekirishalehu (feminine), afekirhalehu (masculine)  – Amharic – spoken in Ethiopia:

To a man – (ana uħibbuk) ٲنَا ٱحِبُّك ; To a woman – (ana baħibbik) ٲنَا بَحَِّك – Arabic – spoken in Algeria, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, and Western Sahara:

M’bi fe  – Bambara – spoken in Mali:

Ndikufuna – Bemba – spoken in Zambia, Tanzania, Botswana, and Democratic People’s Republic of Congo:

Lakh tirikh – Berber – spoken in Algeria:

Ndimakukonda – Chichewa/Chewa – spoken in Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe:

Me lonwo – Ewe – spoken in Togo, Ghana and Benin:

Ma dzing wa / ma gnôre wa – Yaounde-Fang (including Ewondo) – spoken in Gabon and Cameroon:

Je t’aime – French – spoken in Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Comoros, Cote D’Ivore, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo, and Tunisia:

Mi yidi ma – Fula/Fulani – spoken in Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Cameroon, and Mauritania:

Nkwagala Nyo – Ganda/Luganda – spoken in Uganda:

Neguedete – Gikuyu/Kikuyu – spoken in Kenya:

Ina Sonki Hausa – spoken in Niger, Nigeria:

A hurum gi nanya – Igbo – spoken in Nigeria:

Ningwemdete – Kamba – spoken in Kenya:

Nya Raakna – Kanuri – spoken in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon:

Ndagukunda – Kirundi/Kinyarwanda – spoken in Burundi and Rwanda: 

Mono ke zola nge – Kikongo/Kongo – spoken in Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Republic of the Congo:

Nalingi yo – Lingala – spoken in Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of the Congo:

Aheri – Luo – spoken in Kenya and Tanzania:

Ndi mukusua – Luba-Kasai/Tshiluba – spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:

Tiako ianao – Malagasy – spoken in Madagascar:

Ni bi fe – Malinke – spoken in Gambia:

Nye kanu laye – Mandingo/Mandinka – spoken in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea-Bissau and Chad:

Cale sa duie ca upeif  – Mende – spoken in Sierra Leone:

Mi ndigui – Moore/Dagbani – spoken in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and Mali:

Niyakutanda – Ndebele – spoken in Zimbabwe:

Ndikufuna Nyanja – spoken in Zambia:

Ani jaalala ati – Oromo – spoken in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya:

Ondi ku hole – Oshiwambo – spoken in Angola and Namibia:

Amo te – Portuguese – spoken in Angola, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and Sao Tome and Principe:

Mbe de yid ma – Pular – spoken in Guinea:

Ni u rondi – Punu – spoken in Gabon:

Mbi yé mô – Sango – spoken in Central African Republic:

Ke a go rata – Setswana/Tswana – spoken in Botswana:

Ndinokuda! – Shona – spoken in Zimbabwe and Zambia:

Ngiyakutsandza – SiSwati – spoken in Swaziland:

Wa ku jeelahay – Somali – spoken in Somalia:

Ke a o rata  – Sesotho – spoken in Lesotho: Ke a o rata

Iran fan ma – Soussou – spoken in Guinea:

 

Te quiero – Spanish – spoken in Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, and Western Sahara:

Itogwa benekele ne benekele – Sukuma/Nyamwezi – spoken in Tanzania:

Ninakupenda ; Begg naa la (general) – Swahili – spoken in Burundi, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda:

Ana enti efete – Tigre – spoken in Eritrea:

Y’fetwekum e’ye – Tigrinya – spoken in Eritrea and Ethiopia:

Na ku rhandza – Tsonga – spoken in South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe:

Na lia – Vai – spoken in Liberia, and Sierra Leone:

Sopp naa la (I admire you – when courting ; Nopp naa la (between partners) – Wolof – spoken in Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania:

Ndiya kuthanda – Xhosa – spoken in South Africa and Lesotho:

Mo nifẹẹ rẹ – Yorùbá – spoken in Benin and Nigeria:

Ngiyakuthanda – Zulu– spoken in South Africa and Lesotho:

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  • Rebecca Nassar

    How to say I love you in western African languages

  • Molamin Ceesay

    which one? you have to be specific. There are quite a few in West Africa like Wollof, fula, mandika etc. I am from west Africa and to say ‘i love you’ in my language which is wollof is ‘Dama la norp’ :)