Tanzanian Proverbs


Sayings of Tanzanian origin

A sheep cannot bleat in two different places at the same time.

Do not make the dress before the child is born.

Do not mend your neighbor’s fence before seeing to your own.

Even flies have ears.

Even the night has ears.

Events follow one another like the days of the week.

Everything has an end.

In the world all things are two and two.

Little by little, a little becomes a lot.

One who bathes willingly with cold water doesn’t feel the cold.

The roaring lion kills no game.

The robin and the wren are God’s cock and hen; the martin and the swallow are God’s mate and marrow.

To be without a friend is to be poor indeed.

We start as fools and become wise through experience.

Tanzanian Proverbs

The United Republic of Tanzania

Tanzania is a country in East Africa in the African Great Lakes region. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. The country’s eastern border is formed by the Indian Ocean. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania. (Source)

Dodoma is the national capital of Tanzania[2] and the capital of Dodoma Region, with a population of 410,956. The city hosts the Jamhuri Stadium and the House of Parliament of Tanzania.

Swahili and English are the official languages of Tanzania. However, the former is the national language. Swahili belongs to the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo family.] English is still the language of higher courts. It can, however, be considered a de facto official language.

The National Anthem of Tanzania


“Mungu ibariki Afrika” (God bless Africa) is the Tanzanian National Anthem. Lyrics:

God bless Africa
Bless its leaders
Wisdom, unity and peace
These are our shields
Africa and its people
Chorus:
Bless Africa, Bless Africa
Bless us, the children of Africa
God bless Tanzania
Grant eternal freedom and unity
To its women, men and children
God bless Tanzania and its people
Bless Tanzania, Bless Tanzania
Bless us, the children of Tanzania

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