First Lady of Tanzania

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First Lady of the
United Republic of Tanzania
Swahili: Mke wa Rais wa Tanzania
Janeth Magufuli

sinceĀ 5 November 2015
Style Her Excellency (Formal)
Swahili: Mheshimiwa Mama
Residence Ikulu, Dar es Salaam
Inaugural holder Maria Nyerere
Formation 1 November 1964
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The First Lady of Tanzania is the unofficial title held by the wife of the President of Tanzania.[1] The country's present First Lady is Janeth Magufuli, who assumed office in November 2015.

Present and former Tanzanian First Ladies are often affectionately called "Mama" within the country.[2] In recent years, there has been public debate over the increasingly prominent role of the First Ladies of Tanzania.[1] There have been calls for Parliament to formalize the office of First Lady.[1]

First Ladies of Tanzania

First Lady
Date tenure began Date tenure ended President
01.01 Maria Nyerere 1 November 1964 5 November 1985 Julius Nyerere
02.02 Siti Mwinyi 5 November 1985 23 November 1995 Ali Hassan Mwinyi
03.03 Anna Mkapa 23 November 1995 21 December 2005 Benjamin Mkapa
04.04 Salma Kikwete 21 December 2005 5 November 2015 Jakaya Kikwete
04.05 Janeth Magufuli 5 November 2015 Incumbent John Magufuli


  1. ^ a b c Mugarula, Florence (2010-09-11). "Tanzania: Let First Ladies Be". The Citizen (Tanzania). Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  2. ^ Mlekani, Cosmas (2011-03-01). "Mama Maria Nyerere lays stress on unity". In2EastAfrica. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
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