“Jambo, jambo bwana, habari gani, mzuri sana, wageni mwakaribishwa, Tanzania yetu Hakuna Matata….”
Who knew that Hakuna Matata actually meant “no worries!” Well in kiswahili, it sure does. In fact many a Lion King reference turned out to be surprisingly accurate including the monkey named Rafiki (meaning “friend”) and Simba (meaning “Lion”) etc. This cheerful song, welcoming visitors to Tanzania, was originally written for Kenya but was soon adopted by the Tanzanian people with slight alteration. More importantly, these were the words that welcomed me to the country I would call home for 3 months in the summer of 2005.