Salma Kikwete

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Salma Kikwete
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4th First Lady of Tanzania
In role
21 December 2005 – 5 November 2015
President Jakaya Kikwete
Preceded by Anna Mkapa
Succeeded by Janeth Magufuli
Personal details
Born (1963-11-30) 30 November 1963 (age 53)
Nationality Tanzanian
Political party CCM
Spouse(s) Jakaya Kikwete (m. 1989)
Children 5
Residence Ikulu, Dar es Salaam
Profession Teacher

Salma Kikwete (born 30 November 1963) is a Tanzanian educator, activist, and politician who served as the First Lady of Tanzania from 2005 to 2015 as the wife of Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.[1]

Salma Kikwete originally worked as a teacher for more than twenty years.[1]

In 2005, the government launched a national campaign for voluntary HIV/AIDS testing in Dar es Salaam. Salma Kikwete and her husband were among the first in the country to be tested.[2] As of 2009, she was Vice President of the Eastern Region of the Organization of African First Ladies Against AIDS (OAFLA).[1] In 2012, the First Lady Salma Kikwete, former Botswana President Festus Mogae and ten other African figures partnered with UNESCO and UNAIDS to support the Eastern and Southern Africa Commitment on HIV Prevention and Sexual Health for Young People, which was launched in November 2011.[3]

Kikwete also founded the Wanawake na Maendeleo, or Women in Development (WAMA), a nonprofit which promotes development among women and children.[1]

Over a year after her husband left office, Salma Kikwete was appointed to a seat in the National Assembly by President John Magufuli on 1 March 2017.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Her Excellency Salma Kikwete". Jamaica Information Service. 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  2. ^ "Tanzanian leader takes Aids test". BBC News. 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  3. ^ "Leaders to lobby for HIV Prevention and Sexual Health for Youth in Eastern and Southern Africa". UNESCO. 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  4. ^ Esther Karin Mngodo, "The Salma Kikwete story", The Citizen, 3 March 2017.