Building NLP in Africa
IJCAI 2022 Social
African NLP is more than just a lack of data, it's African expression, it's decolonisation, it's poetry, literature and music. Whether your African or simply excited by Africa, you are welcome here.
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) hybrid socializing session
As our event will be held at the same time as the IJCAI workshops (July 23-25, 2022), you need (even if you are attending remotely) to register for IJCAI workshops to attend the event. Registration and attendance applications grants are currently open, so please apply by May 6, 2022.
More information about the event coming up soon!
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:
Accessing or creating datasets
Analysing and evaluation of models
Mentoring budding NLP practitioners
Being a story teller - capturing our journey
Join our Slack
Request to join our Google Group - this will add you to our weekly meetings
Have a Break with US!
Learn about African languages through games and nice African Tunes
"Most languages spoken in Africa belong to one of three large language families: Afroasiatic, Nilo-Saharan, and Niger–Congo. Another hundred belong to smaller families such as Ubangian (sometimes grouped within Niger-Congo) and the various families called Khoisan, or the Indo-European and Austronesian language families mainly spoken outside Africa; the presence of the latter two dates to 2,600 and 1,500 years ago, respectively. In addition, the languages of Africa include several unclassified languages and sign languages." (Languages of Africa)
Learn about NLP advances African in African Languages
Our community has worked hard and extensively made progress toward African Languages representation on the world's NLP map. We have published many datasets, papers, and held already 3 workshop editions at IRCL, and EACL. Our amazing members are providing 5 talks about their ongoing initiatives/works, so join us to know more about our wonderful community, and the work we are doing for endangered African Languages.
Bonaventure Dossou, MSc Student at Jacobs University Bremen - Mila - Google AI
Naome Etori, PhD Student at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Atnafu Lambebo Tonja, PhD Student at Instituto Politécnico Nacional
Iyanuoluwa Shode, MSc Student at Montclair State University - New Jersey
Chris Emezue, MSc Student at Technical University of Munich - Mila - HuggingFace
Olanrewaju Samuel, University of Ibadan - NeuralSpace, Masakhane