University of Eswatini

Department of African Languages and Literature

Department of African Languages and Literature


The department is concerned with the promotion of excellence in the study of African Languages and Literature. It aims at providing innovative instruction focusing on the linguistics analysis of languages as well as oral literature and performance aesthetics, while fostering quality research on African culture.


  • To expose students to different approaches to the study of languages and the literature of various African cultures, and to provide them with an understanding of fundamental principles of linguistic theory and operations of literary theory.
  • To create greater awareness of, and provide insights into the possible solutions relating to the general development of the SiSwati Language.
  • To equip students with skills to analyze and evaluate operations of their own language critically, objectively and creatively.
  • To create student interest and appreciation of their own literature both traditional and modern.
  • To equip students with adequate content to teach siSwati syllabuses in primary, secondary and high schools.
  • To carry out research in African languages and literature.
  • To contribute to the general development of siSwati through research and active collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
  • To forge links with national and international academic and professional institutions and organizations dealing with cultural issues.
  • To strengthen programmes that will eventually enable the department to embark on post-graduate courses.