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wananchi

Line breaks: wa|nan|chi
Pronunciation: /wəˈnantʃi
 
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Definition of wananchi in English:

noun

[mass noun]
(In East Africa) the ordinary people; the public.
Example sentences
  • They cross a privacy threshold which for wananchi is held inviolable.
  • More worldly than the wananchi, they might be gently amused, but not put off, by Katarikawe's sexual imaginings.
  • Now the artists - who are in one sense just the wananchi with paint-brushes, but who are also the makers of narratives of their own.

Origin

Kiswahili, plural of mwananchi 'inhabitant, citizen'.

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