Mwananchi newspaper has been awarded for being best newspaper for best use of Kiswahili language in Tanzania in the private media category.The award was presented on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 by Zanzibar’s Minister of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Tabia Maulid Mwita and received by the newspaper’s Representative in Dodoma.Mwananchi newspaper is published by Mwananchi Communications Limited (MCL) which also publishes The Citizen, Mwanaspoti.Mwananchi is the only newspaper from a private publisher to receive the award; other newspapers that have received awards are Habari Leo and Zanzibar Leo in the government categoryOther media outlets who walked home with awards included Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), ITV and  Channel Ten, radio stations included Radio One, Kiss FM, Wapo Radio, BBC Swahili and UN’s Kiswahili radio service.She said Tanzanians should be proud to use the Kiswahili language due to its rapid growth across the African continent and beyond making it a rare product.Speaking on behalf of MCL’s managing Director Dodoma’s bureau head Noor Shija said it was an honour to receive the award that recognizes their contribution in promoting the language booth in Tanzania and beyond.”We thank the Kiswahili stakeholders for recognizing the contribution of our newspaper in promoting and developing the Kiswahili language in and out of Tanzania,” said Shija.

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