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Google Searches From Africa Grow Faster at Local Language Pages

Google Inc.’s search requests from sub-Saharan Africa are growing more quickly on African language pages than those in English, French, or Portuguese, Program Manager for African Languages Denis Gikunda said.

Google, the internet’s most-used search engine, offers its homepage in 32 African languages and will add the Ghanaian tongues of Ewe and Ga “roughly this week,” Gikunda said in a Feb. 22 interview in Dakar, Senegal. Those pages are helping the company expand its services to people whose lack of familiarity with a European language would normally be a barrier to internet use, he said.