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Nana Addo met Ghanaians in Geneva19New executive council members have been elected for  the Etwienananom fraternity. The voting exercise happened at the Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panin (Chief of Akyem Abuakwa State) Ahenfie in Adabraka, Accra. The Zulu proverb “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” expresses a profound truth embedded deep within the core of traditional African values. It translates into English as “a person is a person because of people.” Other translations state “a person is a person through other persons.” In either case, this compelling truth about what it means to be a “human” in the African context reveals the wisdom of our ancestors and the tremendous beauty of our way. According to African ancestral teachings, personhood is understood as a process and the product of interconnectedness experienced and or achieved in the context of the community. It in this interconnectedness that we hold dear as Etwienananom of the Great Ofori-Panin Stool. The Leopard is the symbol of the King of the Forrest. The persona -the king of the Forrest (kwaebribrimuhene) is the occupant of the Ofori Panin stool. Hence Okyenhene Osagefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin. All decendants of the Ofori Panin stool are known as etwieba and etwienananom irrespective of their Akan clan family lineage. The President of the Republic, H.E. NANA AKUFO ADDO is an etwienana hence the special Guest of Honor who witnessed the election of the New Council members and with him were other notable etwienananom Hon. Ken ofori Atta (Minister of Finance) and Gabby Okyere Darko. As proud members of the Etwienananom picked up completed forms and went through the necessary processes to be voted as members of the council for the two-year tenure, little did they know the time was actually near. Under a period of days, prospective candidates used all means possible to campaign massively to convince other eligible members to vote in their favor. 24hours prior to the debate, brief profiles of Candidates were shared on the family’s social media platform, to mainly bring candidates closer to their voters. This electoral exercise I believe was very helpful and necessary because, it revealed the entirety of the candidates to the house. The subtle campaigns went on throughout the night until 12 am where campaigns were completely halted. Etwienananom from all walks of life trooped the Ahenfie and one could see the excitement and anticipation in the atmosphere as it also served as a bonding time for all aside from casting their votes. Just as it was planned, each member had their votes peacefully after the opening prayers was offered by Joe Twum-Barimah. All was ready for members to cast their votes and one after the other, votes were casted. At the end of the various voting processes, winners emerged in different capacities as votes were finally counted and declared by the Electoral office. These are the New Council members of the Etwienananom, Chairperson-Nana Akosua Buo Gyankroma-Ahenenana Hemaa, Vice Chairman-Juaben Serwah Amofah, Secretary-William Kwasi Ofori-Atta, PRO- Rev Palgrave Boakye-Danquah, Organizer-Frederick Ohene Offei-Addo, Europe Representative- Alexandra Dankwa, America Representative- Kwaku Boateng, Treasurer-Nana Boakye Danquah Ofori-Atta, Member-Joe Twum-Barima, Member-Nana Yaa Ofori-Atta.]]>

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Today, Meta announced that it has built and open sourced ‘No Language Left Behind’ NLLB-200, a single AI model that is the first to translate across 200 different languages, including 55 African languages with state-of-the-art results. Meta is using the modelling techniques and learnings from the project to improve and extend translations on Facebook, Instagram, and Wikipedia.

 

In an effort to develop high-quality machine translation capabilities for most of the world’s low-resource languages, this single AI model was designed with a focus on African languages. They are challenging from a machine translation perspective. AI models require lots and lots of data to help them learn, and there’s not a lot of human translated training data for these languages. For example, there’s more than 20M people who speak and write in Luganda but examples of this written language are extremely difficult to find on the internet.

 

We worked with professional translators for each of these languages to develop a reliable benchmark which can automatically assess translation quality for many low-resource languages. We also work with professional translators to do human evaluation too, meaning people who speak the languages natively evaluate what the AI produced. The reality is that a handful of languages dominate the web, so only a fraction of the world can access content and contribute to the web in their own language. We want to change this by creating more inclusive machine translations systems – ones that unlock access to the web for the more than 4B people around the world that are currently excluded because they do not speak one of the few languages content is available in.

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“It’s impressive how much AI is improving all of our services. We just open-sourced an AI model we built that can translate across 200 different languages — many of which aren’t supported by current translation systems. We call this project No Language Left Behind, and the AI modelling techniques we used are helping make high quality translations for languages spoken by billions of people around the world. To give a sense of the scale, the 200-language model has over 50 billion parameters, and we trained it using our new Research SuperCluster, which is one of the world’s fastest AI supercomputers. The advances here will enable more than 25 billion translations every day across our apps. Communicating across languages is one superpower that AI provides, but as we keep advancing our AI work it’s improving everything we do — from showing the most interesting content on Facebook and Instagram, to recommending more relevant ads, to keeping our services safe for everyone,” said Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post on his Facebook profile.

 

Language is our culture, identity, and lifeline to the world. However, as high-quality translation tools don’t exist for hundreds of languages, billions of people today can’t access digital content or participate fully in conversations and communities online in their preferred or native languages. This is especially true for hundreds of millions of people who speak the many languages of Africa.

 

“Africa is a continent with very high linguistic diversity, and language barriers exist day to day. We are pleased to announce that 55 African languages will be included in this machine translation research, making it a major breakthrough for our continent,” Balkissa Ide Siddo, Public Policy Director for Africa said while speaking about the launch of the AI model. “In the future, imagine visiting your favourite Facebook group, coming across a post in Igbo or Luganda, and being able to understand it in your own language with just a click of a button – that’s where we hope research like this leads us. Highly accurate translations in more languages could also help to spot harmful content and misinformation, protect election integrity, and curb instances of online sexual exploitation and human trafficking.”

 

While commenting on accessibility and inclusion in the pursuit of building an equitable metaverse, Ide Siddo added “At Meta, we are working today to ensure that as many people as possible will be able to access the new educational, social and economic opportunities that the next evolution of the internet will bring to future technology and an everyday living experience tomorrow.”

 

To confirm that the translations are high quality, Meta also created a new evaluation dataset, FLORES-200, and measured NLLB-200’s performance in each language. Results revealed that NLLB-200 exceeds the previous state of the art by an average of 44 percent.

 

Meta is also open-sourcing the NLLB-200 model and publishing a slew of research tools to enable other researchers to extend this work to more languages and build more inclusive technologies. Meta AI is also providing up to $200,000 of grants to non-profit organizations for real world applications for NLLB-200.

 

There are versions of Wikipedia in more than 300 languages, but most have far fewer articles than the 6+ million available in English. Following Meta’s partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that hosts Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects, modelling  techniques and learnings from the NLLB research are now also being applied to translation systems used by Wikipedia editors. Using the Wikimedia Foundation’s Content Translation Tool, articles can now be easily translated in more than 20 low-resource languages (those that don’t have extensive datasets to train AI systems), including 10 that previously were not supported by any machine translation tools on the platform.

 

To explore a demo of NLLB-200 showing how the model can translate stories from around the world, visit here. You can also read the research paper here.

 

 

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