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Nigeria launches first multilingual AI-language model

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, has launched Nigeria's first AI system

The Federal Government has launched the country's first multilingual Large Language Model (LLM) to advance its work in artificial intelligence. This AI system can understand and generate text in multiple languages and is part of Nigeria's broader initiative to advance artificial intelligence technology.

The Communications Minister, Bosun Tijani, disclosed this disclosure on X (formerly Twitter).

The multilingual Large Language Model (LLM) is a sophisticated artificial intelligence system capable of comprehending, processing, and generating text in multiple languages.

The launch coincided with a four-day AI workshop in Abuja, which gathered over 120 AI experts. The LLM is designed to work with five low-resource languages and accented English to enhance linguistic diversity in AI datasets. It is also backed by over 7,000 fellows from the 3MTTNigeria program and has been developed in collaboration with local and international tech firms.

Communications Minister Bosun Tijani also mentioned the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics relaunch in partnership with Cisco. This centre will be dedicated to fostering research and development in AI, robotics, and the Internet of Things, aiming to apply these technologies in sectors critical to Nigerian interests as Nigeria continues to make giant strides in Africa's AI technology ecosystem.