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National Symbols
Waving Flag

The National Flag.

The meaning of the colours of the flag.

Black represents the people

Green the Land

Blue the Adjoining Ocean

Yellow the mineral wealth

 


National Anthem

Kiswahili version

1. Mungu Ibariki Afrika

Wabariki viongozi wake

Hekima, umoja na amani

Hizi ni ngao zetu

Afrika na watu wake.

  

 

KIITIKIO:

Ibariki, Afrika
Ibariki, Afrika

Tubariki, watoto wa Afrika 
 

 

2. Mungu Ibariki Tanzania

Dumisha uhuru na umoja

Wake kwa waume na watoto

Mungu, Ibariki

Tanzania, na watu wake.

 

English translation

  

1. God Bless Africa

Bless its leaders                      

Let Wisdom Unity and

Peace be the shield of

Africa and its people

 

2. God Bless Tanzania

Grant eternal Freedom and Unity

To its sons and daughters.

God Bless Tanzania and its People.

 

CHORUS:

Bless Africa

Bless Africa

Bless the Children of Africa.

Tanzania National Coat of Arms

The central feature of the Coat of Arms is a Warrior’s Shield which bears a Golden portion on the upper part followed underneath by the United Republic of Tanzania flag and a red portion under which are wavy bands of blue and white.

 

The Golden portion represents minerals available in the country; the red portion underneath the flag symbolizes the red soil of Africa; while the wavy bands represent the land, sea, lakes and coastal lines of Tanzania.

 

Superimposed features on the Shield are flames of a burning torch which signifies freedom, enlightenment and knowledge; a spear signifying defence of freedom and crossed axe and hoe being tools that the people of the United Republic of Tanzania use in developing the country.

 

The Shield is set upon a representation of Mount Kilimanjaro. On each side of the Shield there is an elephant tusk supported by a man on the left and a woman on the right. At the feet of the man is a clove bush and at the feet of the woman is a cotton bush, thus indicating the theme of co-operation.

 

The United Republic of Tanzania motto “Uhuru na Umoja” is written in Kiswahili and it means “Freedom and Unity”.

 

The Uhuru Torch
 uhuru torch

The Uhuru Torch symbolizes freedom and light. It was first lit on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1961. Symbolically to Shine the country and across the borders to bring hope where there is despair, love where there is enemity and respect where there is hatred. Yearly there is the Uhuru Torch race, starting from different regions throughout Tanzania, to remind Tanzanians of their duty to jealously guard their cherished freedom, unity and peace.