This website of Joomla East Africa was set up to provide a platform for discussion, education and knowledge concerning Joomla for users in this part of the world. The name Joomla! is derived from the Swahili word “jumla” (all together). Therefore it is important for us users of the Swahili language to embrace Joomla. With this project, we not only want to emphasise its importance, but also help users to fully understand Joomla and put it to use in many different ways.
This platform will not only bring together the users of Joomla! in Swahili, but also create a space where users can share tips and experiences and exchange opinions about the many different applications for Joomla.
The Joomla East Africa website gives you the opportunity to learn through videos and various articles from authors who are very experienced in using Joomla, and to exchange ideas with other users in a discussion forum.
The founders of Joomla East Africa are Hassan Abdalla (Ayeko) and Ngaranyiza, who have been using Joomla for many years. Joomla brought the two of them together, and they decided to start this platform for the benefit of the East African community. As Ngaranyiza comes from Tanzania and Hassan from Kenya, they already cover a major part of the Swahili-speaking region. This has indeed opened the door for Swahili users of Joomla.
Hassan is the Swahili language coordinator for Joomla. There have been many attempts to make Joomla available in Swahili, but in the end they were always abandoned because it turned out to be too time-consuming or because there were simply no Swahili words. So in the end Hassan decided to take on the task himself and translate the entire Joomla system into Swahili, which included finding suitable Swahili equivalents for the technical terms. In doing so, he drew on his experience in the language field and his technical expertise concerning computers, systems and websites. Swahili language packs for Joomla are currently available for versions 2.5 and 3.x.
Hassan was born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya and now lives in Schweinfurt, Germany.
Ngaranyiza was born and raised in Tanga, Tanzania.
It is our ambition that this platform will be useful to the entire community.
The Leadership Team
Joomla East Africa