This is how President Duda was welcomed in Tanzania. They rolled out the red carpet and sang “hakuna matata”

This is how President Duda was welcomed in Tanzania.  They rolled out the red carpet and sang "hakuna matata"

“Hakuna matata” – these are the words that Andrzej Duda was greeted in Tanzania. A red carpet was also rolled out especially for the Polish president.

Last week, Andrzej Duda set off for Africa. He visited Tanzania as part of his ongoing visit. He was welcomed there in a unique way.

Duda met with Samia Suluhu Hassan in Dar es Salaam

The purpose of the visit was announced on the president’s official website. In Dar es Salaam, Samia Suluhu Hassan and Andrzej Duda talked about “possibilities of further development of cooperation between Poland and Tanzania.”

Poland and Tanzania plan to tighten cooperation in areas such as tourism, agriculture, modern industry, information and telecommunications technologies, water resources management and education. – The visit has a historical dimension, it is the first visit of the Polish head of state here in Tanzania after 62 years of diplomatic relations – said Andrzej Duda.

When the president arrived in Tanzania, he was greeted ceremonially. He walked along the red carpet together with Samia Suluhu Hassan, who has been president since 2021. Artistic performances were prepared especially for this occasion. The gathered people sang the song “hakuna matata”. Dance groups also appeared.

What does the phrase commonly known in Tanzania mean?

What does “hakuna matata” mean? It’s a saying from Swahili, “Rzeczpospolita” explained in 2018. It means “don’t worry” or “no worries.” It is used every day by residents of, among others: Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Mozambique, Burundi and Tanzania.

Hakuna matata is also known to Disney movie lovers. This phrase was used in the 1994 and 2019 “The Lion King” films. Simba – the title character – was saved from vultures by Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog. Afterwards, she would share with him the “truth of life”, which was “hakuna matata”. Later in the film, three animals try to live in harmony with this very maxim.

The film became very popular in the West and was a great commercial success. Thanks to this, hakuna matata entered the everyday language of children and young people for some time – also in Poland.

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