[Interview]: Ady Namaran Coulibaly, Operations Manager at Bolingo Consult
Ady Namaran Coulibaly is Operations Manager at Bolingo Consult, she is dedicated to providing localization and multicultural insights for Africa and its languages to Language Services Buyers and LSPs.
Could you tell us about your company?
Bolingo Consult is a female-led multiple language service provider and a multilingual publisher.
Bolingo Consult has certification in Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015) and Information Security Management Systems (ISO/IEC 27001:2013). This has enabled us to improve our processes and procedures in delivering quality services to our clients while ensuring confidentiality and data protection.
Our mission is to unlock confidence in African languages, and we have pioneered several initiatives including creating the first website in the Akan Language, spoken in Ghana (akannews.com). We also recently published the Ami Series, a children’s book on the environment in seven (7) languages, namely Twi, Ewe, Zulu, Kiswahili, Arabic, French and English.
What industry/industries do you service?
At Bolingo Consult, our specialization is in African languages. For the past 24 months we provided services for the media industries as well as Film, NGO/Humanitarian, Climate Change, Agriculture, Science and Technology, Travel & Tourism, E-learning & Research, IT/Software & UI, Legal.
What is your company’s growth strategy for 2023?
For 2023, our expansion strategy is to tap into the east African market and that informed our decision to open an office in Kigali, Rwanda. The first initiative we are embarking on in Rwanda is building the first e-learning platform in African languages to help facilitate access to critical information for people in Africa in their indigenous languages.
We look forward to forging partnerships with NGOs based in Rwanda to promote the ownership of their advocacy initiatives by their target groups, through the use of indigenous African languages.
What are the long term ambitions you’re aiming for growth, as a Company?
Our long term goal is to build confidence in the use of African languages in all spheres (government, media, advocacy etc) and unleash the full economic potential of African languages to the people in Africa. We are doing this by raising the digital profile of the languages and in September 2022, we created the first information/news website in the Akan language (www.akannews.com). By the end of this year, we are launching the first e-learning platform in African languages starting with Swahili, Kinyarwanda and Akan.
Which African countries do you predict will perform best economically in 2023?
We just set up in Rwanda and so we expect Rwanda to do well in order to boost our growth.