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A Bantu language of Rwanda, closely related to Kirundi and an official language of Rwanda.

[Kinyarwanda Iki-nyarwaanda : iki-, n. pref. + -nyarwaanda, from Rwanda (nya-, n. pref. indicating origin + Uru-aanda, Rwanda).]


(Languages) one of the official languages of Rwanda, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family and closely related to Kirundi
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Noun1.Kinyarwanda - a Bantu language
Bantoid language, Bantu - a family of languages widely spoken in the southern half of the African continent
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In fact, it's the first narrative feature film ever made in the Kinyarwanda language.
And action by the International Tribunal set up by the United Nations in 1994 has been inordinately slow due to inadequate funding and delays in appointing staff, few of whom know the Kinyarwanda language.
Consequently, it is appropriate to argue that: Kinyarwanda arises ultimately as the only language that would guarantee the fulfillment of political, economic, social and cultural development of Rwanda; the standardization of the status of Kinyarwanda is complete; the Kinyarwanda language can be an important communication tool between the government and the population in making political decisions and development projects, the national language (Kinyarwanda) should be integrated, and properly, effectively and efficiently used in all important domains of national life, including modern sectors; and in mobilizing the masses.