Nuhu Zubeir Bakari: Swahili Maestro Behind The Success Of Citizen TV’s ‘Longa Longa’ Show

Nuhu Zubeir Bakari is a renowned Swahili expert and translator who has captivated audiences with his linguistic prowess on the popular Swahili show, ‘Longa Longa,’ aired on Citizen TV.

With his exceptional command of the language and vibrant personality, Bakari has become a household name in Kenya, delivering quality content alongside his co-host Munene Nyaga.

Here is his story as told by WoK.

Early Life And Education

Nuhu Bakari’s was a student at Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Secondary School.

It was during this time that Nuhu’s passion for language, poetry, and journalism emerged, as he actively engaged in activities and societies centered around these creative outlets.

With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Kiswahili & Communication and a Master of Arts Degree in Translation from the University of Nairobi

These early experiences shaped his linguistic abilities and set the stage for his future in language interpretation and translation.

Pursuing Higher Education

Building upon his educational achievements, Nuhu Bakari pursued his higher studies at the University of Nairobi, one of East Africa’s premier institutions.

From 2010 to 2012, he embarked on a Master of Arts (MA) program in Language Interpretation and Translation, where he delved deeper into the intricacies of linguistic analysis and effective communication.

Nuhu’s exceptional dedication and commitment during his time at the university earned him a distinction-grade achievement. Engaging in activities and societies focused on Translation & Localization, he honed his skills and expanded his knowledge within the field.

A Dedicated Translator with a Passion for Excellence

He describes himself as a highly dedicated and seasoned translator known for maintaining and surpassing quality standards.

With a strong work ethic, he consistently aims higher and delivers exceptional results. Whether working individually or as part of a team, he adapts to institutional or government demands, upholding the highest professional standards.

Professional Services: Nuhu Bakari’s Multifaceted Skills in Language

Nuhu Bakari offers a range of professional services in the field of language. From translation and interpretation to editing/proofreading, transcription, subtitling, and copywriting, he possesses a comprehensive skill-set that caters to the diverse needs of clients. His expertise also extends to localization, voiceover/dubbing, and layout/desktop publishing.

Citizen TV and ‘Longa Longa’

One of Nuhu Bakari’s notable roles is his involvement with Citizen TV, where he co-presents the Kiswahili show ‘Longa Longa’ alongside Munene Nyaga.

The show has gained popularity for its engaging and informative content, with Bakari’s linguistic skills and vibrant personality contributing to its success.

Alongside his co-host Munene Nyaga, Bakari brings his wealth of knowledge and experience to the program and engages viewers with insightful discussions, and cultural segments, promoting the beauty and richness of the Swahili language and culture.

Professional Memberships: Nuhu Bakari’s Engagement in the Language Community

He is an active member of the East Africa Interpreters & Translators Association (EAITA). His involvement in professional associations demonstrates his commitment to staying updated with industry standards and best practices, further enhancing his skills and expertise.

He is also a member of The International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters, an international professional association of translators and interpreters that is based in Argentina.

Major Achievements: Notable Projects and Contributions

Nuhu Bakari’s career is marked by significant achievements. He has formulated guidelines for translation, managed translation programming, and ensured the seamless style, context, and overall meaning in translated materials.

He has also contributed to high-profile projects, including the translation of the new promulgated Constitution of Kenya and the Microsoft Kiswahili Localization Program.

Areas of Expertise in Translation

His expertise spans various fields, making him a versatile translator. His specialization areas include arts and humanities, sciences, personal and commercial correspondence, sports and entertainment, economics and finance, education, energy, electronics, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, computing and information technology among other areas.