Africa in pictures : Tanzania

 

Here is a photo montage of pictures of Tanzania showing the contrasts between city life, rural life and the wonderful wildlife.

 

Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania , is a country in Eastern Africa within the African Great Lakes region. Parts of the country are in Southern Africa. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and by the Indian Ocean to the east. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania.

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Streets of Arusha by Leon F. CabeiroPhoto by Leon F. Cabeiro

Tanzania’s population of 51.82 million (2014) is diverse, composed of several ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups. Tanzania is a presidential constitutional republic, and since 1996, its official capital city has been Dodoma, where the President’s Office, the National Assembly, and some government ministries are located. Dar es Salaam, the former capital, retains most government offices and is the country’s largest city, principal port, and leading commercial centre.

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by puliarfPhoto by puliarf

Tanzania is a one party dominant state with the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party in power. From its formation until 1992, it was the only legally permitted party in the country. This changed on 1 July 1992, when amendments to the Constitution and a number of laws permitting and regulating the formation and operations of more than one political party were enacted by the National Assembly. Elections for president and all National Assembly seats were last held in October 2015. The CCM holds approximately 75% of the seats in the assembly.

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by imke.stahlmannPhoto by imke.stahlmann

Prehistoric population migrations include Southern Cushitic speakers, who are ancestral to the Iraqw, Gorowa, and Burunge and who moved south from Ethiopia into Tanzania. Based on linguistic evidence, there may also have been two movements into Tanzania of Eastern Cushitic people at about 4,000 and 2,000 years ago, originating from north of Lake Turkana. Archaeological evidence supports the conclusion that Southern Nilotes, including the Datoog, moved south from the present-day South Sudan-Ethiopia border region into central northern Tanzania between 2,900 and 2,400 years ago. These movements took place at about the same time as the settlement of the iron-making Mashariki Bantu from West Africa in the Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika areas. They brought with them the west African planting tradition and the primary staple of yams. They subsequently migrated out of these regions across the rest of Tanzania, between 2,300 and 1,700 years ago. European colonialism began in mainland Tanzania during the late 19th century when Germany formed German East Africa, which gave way to British rule following World War I. The mainland was governed as Tanganyika, with the Zanzibar Archipelago remaining a separate colonial jurisdiction. Following their respective independence in 1961 and 1963, the two entities merged in April 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania.

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Tanzania by neiljsPhoto by neiljs

Tanzania is mountainous and densely forested in the northeast, where Mount Kilimanjaro is located. Three of Africa’s Great Lakes are partly within Tanzania. To the north and west lie Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, and Lake Tanganyika, the continent’s deepest lake, known for its unique species of fish. The eastern shore is hot and humid, with the Zanzibar Archipelago just offshore. The Kalambo water falls in the southwestern region of Rukwa are the second highest uninterrupted fall in Africa and are located near the southeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika on the border with Zambia. The Menai Bay Conservation Area is Zanzibar’s largest marine protected area.

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Street corner in down town Dar es Salaam by David DaviesPhoto by David Davies

Over 100 different languages are spoken in Tanzania, making it the most linguistically diverse country in East Africa. Among the languages spoken in Tanzania are all four of Africa’s language families: Bantu, Cushitic, Nilotic, and Khoisan. Swahili and English are Tanzania’s official languages. A highly multilingual country, Swahili is used in parliamentary debate, in the lower courts, and as a medium of instruction in primary school; and English is used in foreign trade, in diplomacy, in higher courts, and as a medium of instruction in secondary and higher education, although the Tanzanian government plans to discontinue English as a language of instruction altogether. In connection with his Ujamaa social policies, President Nyerere encouraged the use of Swahili; as a means of unifying the country’s many ethnic groups. Approximately 10% of Tanzanians speak Swahili as a first language, and up to 90% speak it as a second language. Most Tanzanians thus speak both Swahili and a local language; many educated Tanzanians are trilingual; also speaking English. The widespread use and promotion of Swahili is contributing to the decline of smaller languages in the country. Young children increasingly speak Swahili as a first language, mostly in urban areas.

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ngorongoro zebras by Yoni LernerPhoto by Yoni Lerner

Tanzania-Malawi relations have been tense because of a dispute over the countries’ Lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi) border. An unsuccessful mediation regarding this issue happened in March 2014.The two countries agreed in 2013 to ask the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to resolve the dispute should mediation be unsuccessful. Malawi, but not Tanzania, has accepted the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ.

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low tide in nungwi by Yoni LernerPhoto by Yoni Lerner

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Al Maskari Holding and EF Education First partner to promote world-class education and training in the United Arab Emirates

World-class education is fundamental for the development of a nation and the best investment in its future. The UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda therefore emphasizes the development of a first-rate education system, which among other things will require modern and efficient teaching methods. A prerequisite for this is continuous professional development of teachers, equipping them with up-to-date knowledge and improved teaching skills. With more qualified and better trained teachers, school graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills for the 21st century globalized economy.

Al Maskari Holding (www.AlMaskariHolding.com) is therefore partnering with EF Education First (EF) (www.EF.com), one of the world’s premier provider of teacher training programs. EF is working with Ministries of Education on all continents to ensure professional development of teachers with state-of-the-art programs – primarily for English teachers but also teachers focused on Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

EF is also the world’s largest provider of language training services – both to staff of large corporations and government institutions. According to research, improved English proficiency has a strong correlation with, e.g., more innovation, job creation and overall economic growth. Given the UAE’s focus on these areas to ensure a prosperous future after the Golden Jubilee, improved English proficiency is a priority.

“We are proud to partner with EF Education First to bring world-class education and training to our Government institutions and leading corporations. We are confident that our collaboration will create many ground-breaking Public Private Partnerships, which will benefit the UAE as a whole”, says Mohamed Ali Al Maskari, Director of Government Affairs of Al Maskari Holding.

“Al Maskari Holding is one of the UAE’s most reputable groups and we are equally honored and excited to work closely together in order to improve skills of teachers, government officials and corporate staff. We look forward to bringing over 50 years of experience from around the world to the UAE in close collaboration with Al Maskari Holding”, says Claes Ceder, President of EF Government Solutions.

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About Al Maskari Holding:

Her Highness Sheikha Azza Bint Saif Al Maskari, the matriarch of the Al Maskari tribe of Abu Dhabi founded Al Maskaria Establishment (www.AlMaskariHolding.com) in 1968. Initially engaged in general trading and services associated with oil and gas fields in the United Arab Emirates, the enterprise has evolved sectorally and expanded geographically through commercial agencies, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships. Its growth trajectory aligns with the development curve of the country by first delivering community needs and then developing crossborder opportunities. In 2008, the group of companies were reorganized into Al Maskari Holding (AMH) as the umbrella parent organization for the family’s commercial interests and private equity.

As Chairperson, Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Al Maskari is globally recognized for her governance and was recently conferred the Order of the Polar Star, Member 1st Class by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf for her service to Sweden.

About EF Education First:

Established in 1965 in Sweden with the mission to “open the world through education”, EF (www.EF.com) is the world’s leading international education company. With a network of more than 46,500 teachers, researchers and staff in over 500 offices and schools in more than 50 countries, EF can deploy dedicated project management resources all over the world. Two thirds of the Fortune 500 and thousands of other companies as well as multiple governments worldwide have put their trust in EF for a reason – EF’s training solutions generate real results with a guaranteed return on investment.

EF is a proud supporter of the Olympic Games and has successfully delivered services to Seoul 1988, Beijing 2008, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. For Rio 2016, EF trained almost one million people in the world’s largest language and hospitality training program to date. For PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020, EF will train millions of staff, athletes, volunteers, teachers and students.

EF has a research unit at the University of Cambridge and a research network which includes, e.g., Harvard Graduate School of Education. EF publishes annually the EF English Proficiency Index (www.EF.com/epi) – the world’s largest ranking of adult English proficiency in more than 70 countries. EF has also developed the world’s first free standardized English proficiency test – the EF English Standard English Test (www.EFSET.org).

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WFP Air-Lifts Life-Saving Supplies to People Struck by Drought in Somalia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today air-lifted life-saving food supplies to drought-stricken Somalia for the most vulnerable people, particularly children, who are displaced from their homes and have no access to food or cooking facilities.

A Boeing 747, donated by UPS Foundation, arrived in Mogadishu from Dubai this morning carrying 47 metric tons of high-energy biscuits (HEBs) – enough to assist 31,000 people for three days – as well as critical medical supplies on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO). The shipment was arranged by the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Dubai.

As the drought intensifies, particularly in parts of south and north-eastern Somalia, severe food insecurity has spread. Half of the population, including 330,000 acutely malnourished children, are in need of urgent assistance.

“A rapid response is crucial to support drought-affected families across Somalia,” said WFP Representative and Director of Gulf Office Abdallah Alwardat. “This airlift is a great example of WFP and its partners coming together to reach those furthest behind with life-saving assistance.”

HEBs are ideally used in emergency situations as they are rich in minerals and vitamins and do not require preparation. Following consumption of HEBs over three days, WFP then provides other types of live-saving food assistance.

Over the past three years, an emergency food assistance response by WFP and its partners has supported drought-affected people with vital supplies, such as specialized nutritious foods, school meals programmes and cash-based transfers.

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange X-Gen News Alert – Africa Prudential Registrars Plc

Company Name: Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (http://APRegistrars.com)
Company Symbol: AFRIPRUD
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Africa Prudential Registrars Plc First Quarter 2017 Result Highlights of The Statement of Comprehensive Income

Revenue: Mar 2017 N647.5m; 2016 N400.6m
Expenses: Mar 2017 N245.2m; 2016 N165.6m
Profit before Tax: Mar 2017 N402.3m; 2016 N235.0m
Tax: Mar 2017 N24.6m; 2016 N43.0m
Profit after Tax: Mar 2017 N377.7m; 2016 N191.9m
Earnings per Shares: Mar 2017 N19k; 2016 N10k

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