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Common Cuisine

  • Ugali
  • Vitumbua
  • Nayama
  • Maandazi
  • Duckling Dar es Salaam



  • Vanessa Mdee (VeeMoney)
  • A.Y. (Ambwene Allen Yessayah)
  • Diamond Platnumz
  • Msondo Ngoma
  • DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra


Television and Films

  • In the Shadow of the Sun
  • Bongoland
  • A Lot Like You (2012)
  • Mama Shujaa wa Chakula (Female Food Heroes)
  • Siri ya Mtungi 

Recommended Readings

  • The Zanzibar Chest by Aidan Hartley
  • Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe by Jane Goodall
  • Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar by  Emily Ruete
  • Great Sky Woman by Steven Barnes

Who's Who?

  • Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996. 
  • Fatuma binti Baraka also known as Bi Kidude, was a Zanzibari-born Tanzanian Taarab singer. She is considered the undisputed queen of Taarab and Unyago music and was inspired by Siti binti Saad. Bi Kidude was born in the village of Mfagimaringo, she was the daughter of a coconut seller in colonial Zanzibar. Bi Kidude's exact date of birth is unknown, much of her life story is uncorroborated, giving her an almost mythical status. In 2005, Bi Kidude received the prestigious WOMEX award for her outstanding contribution to music and culture in Zanzibar.
  • Nasibu Abdul Juma, popularly known by his stage name Diamond Platnumz (or simply Diamond), is a Bongo Flava recording artist and singer from Tanzania. He is best known for his hit song "Number One". He performed at the Big Brother Africa 7 eviction show in May 2012. Diamond is considered influential among his fans, and is said to be the most loved and decorated Tanzanian artist at the moment. He was believed to be the highest selling Tanzanian artist of ringtones by mobile phone companies in 2013, as well as being among the artists earning the highest income in the African Great Lakes region's music industry.


  • Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete is the 4th and current President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Prior to his election in 2005, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs for ten years under his predecessor. He has also served as the Chairperson of the African Union in 2008/09 and the Chairman of the Southern African Development Community Troika on Peace, Defence and Security in 2012/13.
  • Anne Semamba Makinda is a Tanzanian politician and the first female Speaker of the Tanzanian National Assembly.
  • Julius Kambarage Nyerere (13 April 1922 – 14 October 1999) was a Tanzanian politician who served as the first President of Tanzania and previously Tanganyika, from the country's founding in 1961 until his retirement in 1985. In 1985, after more than two decades in power, he relinquished power to his hand-picked successor, Ali Hassan Mwinyi. Nyerere left Tanzania as one of the poorest, least developed, and most foreign aid-dependent countries in the world, although much progress in services such as health and education had nevertheless been achieved. As such, Julius Nyerere is still a controversial figure in Tanzania. 

Cultural Activities

  • Explore the Mtoni Palace Ruins in Zanzibar
  • Tour the Tarangire National Park in Arusha
  • Relax on Mbudya Island in Dar es Salaam
  • See the Ngurdoto Crater in Arusha

Recommended Websites


Did You Know?

  • In Tanzania where albinos are killed because of traditional witchcraft beliefs. Their body parts are used for potions. One reason is some believe that certain body parts of albinistic people can transmit magical power.
  • Freddie Mercury was a Parsi born in Sultanate of Zanzibar and grew up there and in India until his mid-teens. At the age of 17, Mercury and his family fled from Zanzibar for safety reasons due to the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution, in which thousands of Arabs and Indians were killed. The family moved into a small house in Feltham, Middlesex, England.


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