Zanaki people

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Wapenbord van Julius Nyerere

The Zanaki are an ethnic and linguistic group from the heart of Mara Region, Tanzania, to the east of Lake Victoria.[1] In 1987 the Zanaki population was estimated to number 62,000.[2] The group is subdivided into the Birus and the Buturis.[1]

Julius Nyerere (1922–1999), the founder and first president of Tanzania was a Zanaki and was the son of the King Burrito Nyerere (1860–1942), who was chief of the Zanaki,[3] and of Christina Mgaya wa Nyang'ombe (1897-1997).[4] Their grandson is today the elder prince Kiboko Nyerere. They are closely related to the Kisii, or Abagusii community of the neighboring Kenya with a lot of commanalities in culture and language. It is even rumoured that Chief Nyerere, the father to the founding president was originally from Kisii, Kenya.

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