Amid alarm being raised in sociolinguistic circles that more than 90% of the world’s major languages are at risk of extinction over the next century, LoveWorld Publishing Ltd, publishers of The Rhapsody of Realities, revealed on Friday that the publication has now been translated. in 7,000 languages around the world to tackle the problem.
Speaking at a global press conference in Lagos, the Chief Operating Officer of LoveWorld Publishing, Rev. (Ms) Lola Aisida said 520 of these languages were Nigeria alone.
“Never in the history of the world, and in all the books of the Guinness Book of World Records, has any literary document – be it a document, a film, a writing, a book or any piece of historical or modern parchment – has been translated into 7,000 languages.
“The Rhapsody of Realities devotional’s meteoric rise to the most coveted spot as the world’s #1 daily devotional and now the world’s most translated book began with the first edition published in the English language by LoveWorld Publishing .”
She said that 22 years later, The Rhapsody of Realities, a daily devotional written by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of The Christ Embassy, is now the most translated book in the world and has grown into a vast network of publishers spread across many countries.
Aisida added that the translation work is deployed by a massive army of translators who have applied due diligence processes to deliver Rhapsody of Realities in all 7,000 languages.
“There are 7,139 languages spoken today, but a report indicates that 42% of these languages are endangered. These statistics have posed a global challenge worthy of a global publishing house that transcends shortcomings in editorial space,” she said.
“From all points of view, the work of translation is not easy. If that were the case, the popular literary pieces of the world would long ago have been available in all languages. On the contrary, authenticated records show that the most translated short documentary is in eleven translations; the most translated short film has 22 translations; the most translated document, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, produced by the United Nations in 1948, was translated into only 370 languages in 2019.