Have come across this Swahili word Nane Nane?
Nane Nane ('eight eight' in Swahili) is a public holiday in Tanzania observed on August 8th each year. Formally it was known as Farmers' Day, this day marks the contribution of farmers to the national economy.

When did Nane Nane came from?
The importance of the agricultural sector in Tanzania is hard to overstate. Half of all income generating activities in the country work in the sector and agriculture contributes to almost a third of Tanzania's gross domestic product and accounts for 85% of exports. The largest food crop is Maize and Sugar is the largest cash crop. Despite its importance to the economy and prosperity of the country, agriculture still faces challenges in terms of productivity.

In modern day, the Nane Nane festival has changed its role from being a sole farmers day to becoming all entrepreneurs’ festival this is because of the following reasons:

  1. All social-economic sectors and practitioners participate in this event including farmers themselves, small businesses, tourist sector, telecommunication companies, banks, engineering sector, hospitality industry and all sorts of businesses which makes it pretty good to call it entrepreneurs’ day.
  2.  It is conducted normally for eight days (1-8) where a lot of traffic of producers, sellers, buyers, service provides and the like do engage in a common market place located in almost every region of the country.
  3. Everyone is involved in showing their products, talents and involvement in building personal, family and national income
  4. There is no other well-functioning event throughout the country with the capability of at least attracting attention of everybody in the country than other events such as Saba Saba business exhibition.
  5. The event is regarded by many entrepreneurs as their day because they are all given room to show and sell their products in front of a huge public gathering.
  6. Nane Nane is an important opportunity to showcase new technologies and developments in farming, improve education and highlight best entrepreneurial practice.
  7. A week-long national Nane Nane Day fair takes place each year, but the location varies and rotates. And there are seven regional level fairs for Nane Nane that are put on simultaneous to the national fair.
  8. People will peruse the local Nane Nane fair with friends and family, investigating the products and technologies on display. They will stop off to buy fabrics, household goods, and souvenirs along the way. And they’ll also grab a bite to eat. One of the most popular Nane Nane Day foods is called “chips mayai”, and consists of fried potatoes with an egg thrown over them.

    Some Photos of Nane Nane Day in Mbeya-2020

Charcoal Stoves Made from Clay Soils
Charcoal Stoves Made from Clay Soils
Charcoal Stoves Made from Clay Soils
Charcoal Stoves Made from Clay Soils

Locally made clothes commonly known as “batiki”
Locally made clothes commonly known as “batiki”

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes Displayed During Nane Nane 2020

Drawing Artists
Drawing Artists During Nane Nane 2020

Home Garden
An example of home garden presented for the exhibition

Women Entrepreneurs
Women Entrepreneurs Selling Onions

Electric Charcoal Stove
An electric charcoal stove made by local entrepreneurs

Beans Locally Packaged in Tanzania
Packaging of beans by local peasants in the continuation of industrialization campaign by the reigning president John Pombe Magufuli

Makutano ya Wajasirimali believes that ‘Entrepreneurship is Capital’ we encourage all entrepreneurs to always plan to effectively participate in the event since it has been a very good opportunity to showcase their products and hence growing