Lozi is a Bantu language spoken by about 570,200 people
mainly in southwestern Zambia, particularly in Western Province
and in Southern Province around Livingstone. It is also spoken
in Zimbabwe, Bostwana, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia.
Lozi is closely related to Northern Sotho, Tswana, Kgalagari
and Sotho, and developed from Luyana and Kololo.
Lozi is also known as Rozi, siLozi, Serotse or Sekololo,
and is considered by some as a dialect of Sotho.
Lozi is an official language in Zambia. It is used in the media
in Zambia and in DR Congo. It is also used in education and
administration in Namibia.
The spelling system for Lozi was standarised in Zambia in 1977.
Sample text in Lozi
Batu kaufela ba pepilwe inge ba lukuluhile ni liswanelo ze swana. Ba
ba ni swanelo ya ku nahana mi ba swanela ku ba ni likezo za buzwale
ku mutu yo mung'wi.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards
one another in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)