MWANANCHI newspaper was registered with the Registrar of Newspapers on April 20, 2000 and on May 27, 2000 the first copy of the newspaper rolled off the presses. MWANANCHI is currently the Kiswahili-language leading newspaper with the largest audience share (XX.XXX%) according to a GeoPoll media consumption study for Q2, 2018.
MWANANCHI carries magazines and pull-out magazines on different subjects and in different days of the week. SpotiMikiki is a sports magazine published every Monday and Uchumi is a magazine that focusess on business news, events and economic matters and is published every Thursday. Jungukuu is a society issues magazine published every Friday while Starehe is a sports magazine published every Saturday. Siasa is focuses on analysis of recent political events and investigative stories and is a pull-out published every Tuesday and Maarifa is a platform for sharing among students and teachers and is a pull-out published every Wednesday. Fahari is a special pull-out magazine targeted at the female reader, with articles on fashion, decor, beuty, short stories, parenting advocate etc and is published every Sunday.
MWANANCHI newspaper is published by Mwananchi Communication Limited. Other Kiswahili language newspapers published by the Company are MWANANCHI JUMAPILI which is a Sunday edition of MWANANCHI and MWANASPOTI, a bi-weekly sports and entertainment newspaper that was launched on February 12, 2001. MCL also publishes two English-language newspapers namely THE CITIZEN and its Suday edition THE SUNDAY CITIZEN.
Mwananchi Communication Limited was established in 2001 when Ambassador Ferdnand Ruhinda teamed up with Rostam Aziz to established. Prior to that Ambassador Ruhinda has established in 1999 a communication company, Media Communications Limited which later became Mwananchi Communication Limited.
Media Companies / Groups
Mwananchi Communications Limited
Nation Media Group Limited
MCL publishes as a subsidiary of Nation Media Group which is run by the Aga Khan Foundation and funded through the Aga Khan Development Fund. The recent change in ownership is not yet indicated at BRELA where still Aziz and Ruhinda are listed as shareholders. Current shareholders according to Maelezo (June 29, 2018).
Group / Individual Owner
Jeangir Kermalzi Bhalov
Tanzanian national. Majority shareholder as of 2018.
Registration 2000, Launch 2001
Aziz Rostam - is a politician, businessman and among the richest Tanzanians. He resigned from all the positions he held in CCM in 2011. # Ruhinda Ferdinand – Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. He is a member of the ruling party.
Francis Majige Nanai - has over 12 years of Senior Leadership role in sales. Marketing & General Management. He joined Mwananchi Communications Limited as Chief Operating Officer in August 2013 before being appointed to his current position in August 2014
Bakari Machumu - Executive Editor # Frank Sanga - Head of Content Generation # Damas Kanyabwinya - Editor.
Other Important People
Directors, based on BRELA company profile from Oct.2018:
Hon. Rostam Aziz - Tanzania. See above.
Ruhinda Ferdinand - Tanzania. See above
Wilfred Kiboko - Tanzanian
Richard Henry - British
Denis Aluanga - Kenyan
Mwananchi Communications Limited (MCL)
P.O Box 19754, Dar es Salaam
Revenue (in Mill. $)
Operating Profit (in Mill. $)
Advertising (in % of total funding)
Audience share based on GeoPoll survey (Aug 30 – Sep 1st, 2018), commissioned by MOM Tanzania. Special interest newspapers such as sport news were excluded of the ownership analysis.
Managing Editor, Mwananchi (October 2018). Media Ownership Monitor Questionnaire Mwananchi.