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For school I have to write out a childhood memory. I knew I instantly wanted to write about my brother and I. Brandon was my best friend growing up throughout our childhood. Only being a year apart does help. We nearly ever fought as kids. I know that sounds crazy and un-normal but that’s how it was. We always got along. Of course we had our times where we’d get mad at each other but it never lasted long. One of my favorite memories was this;
It all started when we had to go to our room because we both were in trouble. We were bored and needed something to do that’s when the idea came into our heads! We were quite young when we started throwing stuff onto the fan. 🙂 It was our fun, new game that we discovered. We’d grab clothes, small stuffed animals, and socks and throw them onto the blades of the fan. Brandon and I had bunk beds so we were able to put stuffed animals on the blades a lot easier. After the fan was enclosed with items, we flipped the switch on. Clothes and animals went flying around the room! We laughed till we couldn’t breathe anymore. At one point the fan started to smell very bad. We figured out it was a smoke smell. And we turned off the fan quickly. And we continued to laugh non stop.
It’s definitely one of my favorite childhood memories with my partner in crime, Brandon.
The name “Tanzania” derives from the names of the two states, Tanganyika and Zanzibar, that united on April 26, 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. On October 29, 1964, the country was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania. It’s a poor state with few exportable minerals, little industry, and an agricultural system.
The country is known for Tanzanite, a type of precious gemstone that is only found in Tanzania. It can be a blue, violet, or a greenish color depending on the polarization on incident lighting.
Some of their export products are coffee, cashews, diamonds, cloves, tea, meat, tobacco and cotton. When the women are going to the market and when they are carrying cotton, they carry it on their heads.
The size of the country is 364,898 in square miles. Water covers more than 20,000 square miles of Tanzania’s land area.
And the population that is recorded in 2012 census is 44,928,923 people.
The capitol of Tanzania is Dar es-Salaam, which means, “Haven of Peace.” Dar es-Salaam is the nation’s largest city.
The official language of Tanzania is English and Swahili. In the English sentence “He is cooking for me,” can be expressed by a single word, ananipikia. This English sentence, “This good chair is broken” is expressed in Swahili as kiti hiki kizuri kimevunjika.
Just like how the American Flag stands for Freedom; the Tanzania flag stands for Coat of Arms. It was originally used as a means of identifying knights in battle; the coat of arms serves to distinguish families, corporations, and even states and nations.
Their anthem is pronounced as, Mungu Ibariki Afrika. Which means, “God Bless Africa.”
The Tanzania people love sports. They play football, which is their most popular sport that is played all over the country. And basketball is played but mostly in the army and schools. Cricket is a growing sport in Tanzania after hosting the ICC Cricket League in 2008, Tanzania finished with one win for the tournament, and they also have their own national team. Rugby is another minor sport they play.
Julius Kambarage Nyerere was the first president he served from 1964 to 1985. He was first educated as a teacher. Then President Nyerere was a Prime Minister when Tanganyika became independent in 1961, but he resigned early in 1962. The elections in 1962 brought him back as president of a republic. Under his leadership Tanzania became the only country on the continent with a native African official language. He also translated the works of Shakespeare into Swahili. He was addressed throughout Africa as Mwalimu, which is Swahili for “teacher.” President Nyerere remained active in the international politics until the final months of his life.
Some of the dishes that they make are kind of weird. Their most common cultural dish is called Isugali. It is composed of corn, and is similar to porridge. Another dish they make is called, N’dizi ya na Nyama. It is a stew made from beef, coconut milk, tomatoes, and unripe bananas or plantains. A plantain is similar to bananas but it must be cooked before it is eaten. Bananas are widely grown in Tanzania and are often used for cooking.
Between 1909 and 1913, 250 tons of fossilized Brachiosaurus bones were found at Tendaguru. Which is South East of Tanzania. All the fossils were shipped to the Berlin Museum in Germany. A Brachiosaurus was a large dinosaur. It was about 80 ft. long, it weighed about 80 metric tons, and it was about 45 ft. tall at the head. And it was a herbivore. Which means it only ate plant material. So it was a vegetarian dinosaur! 🙂
In America, dynamite fishing is where you stick a piece of dynamite in the water and when it blows up, it kills a ton of fish. But it is illegal in America to do that. In Tanzania they actually do dynamite fishing. And it has destroyed a large proportion of the country’s extensive offshore coral reefs. So apparently it’s not illegal to do dynamite fishing in Tanzania.
The education for Tanzania is very different from America. When children attending school get to the age of 14 or 15 that’s when they can graduate. The literacy rate is estimated to be 73 percent. Education is compulsory for seven years, until children reach age 15, but most children do not attend school this long, and some do not attend at all. In 2000, 57 percent of children age 5–14 years were attending school. As of 2006, 87.2 percent of children who started primary school were likely to reach grade 5.
Their religion for Christian is 62%. Muslim is 35%. And Hindu or any other religion is 3%. And in Zanzibar, which is an island located in the Indian Ocean about 20 miles off the East African coast of Tanzania. And in Zanzibar their religion is 97% Muslim and 3% any other religion.
Tanzania is mountainous in the northeast, where Mount Kilimanjaro is, which is Africa’s highest peak. Three of Africa’s Great Lakes are partly within Tanzania. To the north and west lies Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. And Lake Tanganyika, is the continent’s deepest lake, which is known for its unique species of fish.
The wild life they have there concludes animals of antelope, zebra, elephant, hippos, rhinos, giraffes, lions, leopards, cheetahs and monkeys.
Tanzania sounds like a wonderful place to live, explore, and admire. And it sounds like a beautiful place to visit. I’ve learned so much about this country, that before, I couldn’t even tell you one thing about it! The missionaries that are there, along with Bob and Dee Dodson, I hope are having a wonderful time. And that they continue to preach the Gospel out to those in that country. 🙂
-Chelsey Lee Stumler