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Hongera Barack Obama

Hongera Brack Obama. Upendo na amani ametujalia mungu, the Kiswahili writing on the kanga for sale in Dar es Salaam says.

 

It can be translated into: Congratulations Barack Obama. Love and peace have been given us by God.

 

The American president who is still in office also had Tanzanians wearing him on their kangas here, when he came to visit us in February 2008.

 

But let's forget about that. I'm sure the saying didn't say the same.

 

Wearing a kanga with a saying is typical in Swahili culture, and kangas and vitenge is used all over Africa, sometimes deliberately, to express either personal statements (see here) or a political affiliation.

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Taken on November 25, 2008