"Mungu ibariki Afrika"
is the national anthem
. The anthem is the Swahili language version of Enoch Sontonga's popular hymn "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" that is also
used as Zambia's anthem
(with different words) and part of South
Africa's. It was formerly also used as Zimbabwe's
The word Mungu
and the title
of the anthem therefore translates as "God bless Africa".
Finland the same melody is used as a children's psalm
("Kuule Isä Taivaan", "Hear, Heavenly Father").
In this form
the song has found its way to the common book of psalms used by the
major church of
Mungu ibariki Afrika
Wabariki Viongozi wake
Hekima Umoja na Amani
Hizi ni ngao zetu
Afrika na watu wake.
Tubariki watoto wa Afrika.
Mungu ibariki Tanzania
Dumisha uhuru na Umoja
Wake kwa Waume na Watoto
Mungu Ibariki Tanzania na watu wake.
Tubariki watoto wa Tanzania.
God bless Africa
Bless its leaders
Wisdom, unity and peace
These are our shields
Africa and its people
Bless us, the children of Africa
God bless Tanzania
Grant eternal freedom and unity
To its women, men and children
God bless Tanzania and its people
Bless us, the children of Tanzania