Definition of wananchi in English:

wananchi

noun

mass noun
  • (in East Africa) the ordinary people; the public.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Kiswahili, plural of mwananchi ‘inhabitant, citizen’.

Pronunciation

wananchi

/wəˈnantʃi/