Meaning of wananchi in English:


Pronunciation /wəˈnantʃi/


East African treated as plural
  • The ordinary people; the public.

    ‘the government made promises to the wananchi, and this is what the public expected of us’
    • ‘it is the work of the police to protect lives and property of wananchi’
    • ‘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.’


Kiswahili, plural of mwananchi ‘inhabitant, citizen’; compare with mwananchi.