Building NLP in Africa

ICML 2022 Hybrid Social

Baltimore Convention Center, USA

African NLP is more than just a lack of data, it's African expression, it's decolonisation, it's poetry, literature and music. Whether you're African or simply excited by Africa, you are welcome here.

Join us

Whether you're African, working on African NLP or just interested to be involved, please join us - we're so excited to have you join us!

We are organizing a unique (not to miss) socializing session

Sunday, 17th of July 2022 (9 AM EST) (convert to your timezone)

Sign up for the social here, and we will send you the link to join

No ICML registration is required! Anyone can come!

We will be operating with the official ICML Code of Conduct

Social Organizers

Salomey Osei, PhD Student, University of Deusto (Spain)

Bonaventure F. P. Dossou, Deep Learning Research, Mila Quebec AI Institute (Canada)


We are planning to have a 2-hours event, with invited talks and a panel discussion.

Invited Speakers

Jade Abbott

NLP Researcher for African Languages, co-founder of MasakhaneNLP

Alexandra Antonova

Senior Research Scientist, NVIDIA AI

Panel Discussion

Topic: State of NLP in African Languages

Deborah D. Kanubala (Moderator)

PhD Student in Probabilistic Machine Learning, University of Saarland (Germany)

Chris C. Emezue


Master's Student in Mathematics for Data Science at Technical University of Munich (Germany)

Masakane & Mila & HuggingFace

Hatem Haddad


Co-Founder & CTO


Iyanuoluwa Shode


Master's Student in Computational Linguistics at MontClair State University (USA)

Masakhane & TangibleAI

Masakhane African NLP Community

MASAKHANE is an research effort for natural language processing for African languages that is OPEN SOURCE, CONTINENT-WIDE, DISTRIBUTED and ONLINE.

You don't need to be a NLP researcher to join us! We want anyone passionate about African languages to join. So we have many major ways to help:

  1. Accessing or creating datasets

  2. Training Models

  3. Analysing and evaluation of models

  4. Mentoring budding NLP practitioners

  5. Being a story teller - capturing our journey

Join us

  1. Join our Slack

  2. Request to join our Google Group - this will add you to our weekly meetings

  3. So we can feature you on our webpage, please fill in our membership form HERE

Contact us

Twitter: @MasakhaneNLP


Artwork by @ke_neil_we
Johannesburg, South Africa