Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has called on Africans to speak Swahili to aid in unifying the continent. In a speech on African Integration Day, which marks progress in bringing the continent together, the long-serving Ugandan leader described Swahili as a “neutral language to unite us, it is non-ethnic, belongs to nobody”. As a non-European language, Swahili has often been spoken about as an alternative to English, French or Portuguese as a means for cross-continental communication. But the idea has been slow to become reality.