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Someone Tell Daily Mail: Dar Es Salaam is a city of 4 million, not a ‘fishing village’

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This is Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city. Fishing does occur as an economic activity, but it's not a fishing village as the Daily Mail described it.

This is Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city. Fishing does occur as an economic activity, but it’s not a fishing village as the Daily Mail described it.

Tanzanians on social media are a vexed lot, the source of their vexation being the miscaptions relating to the highly anticipated Everton FC-Gor Mahia match posted by British tabloid The Daily Mail.

“Wayne Rooney and Co welcomed by hordes of supporters in the fishing village of Dar Es Salaam,” read a quote from the Daily Mail, which was describing the arrival of the Everton FC team, now including Rooney, who recently transferred from Manchester United FC.

This description has stirred quite an outrage, seeing as Dar Es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest urban center, a city of four million; until 1974, it served as the nation’s capital. The capital was moved to Dodoma, but Dar Es Salaam remains the economic capital of Tanzania, just as Lagos looms over Abuja in Nigeria.

Its location on the Indian Ocean shoreline means that it has a long and rich fishing tradition, but surely, it is more than a fishing village.

With such description, one Tanzanian opined, “they think there are only villages in Tanzania.”

Another user quipped: “an amazing fishing village indeed, with the UK High Commission.”

This egregious error has been partially corrected in the article, which now refers to Dar Es Salaam as the coastal city in its opening paragraphs, but two other irksome mistakes remain unchanged, despite the Daily Mail being informed of them via the hashtag #SomeoneTellDailyMail.

These mistakes are now in the captions.

In one picture, Wayne Rooney is seen greeting a bespectacled man in a navy blue suit: this has been captioned as “Rooney shakes the hands of a SportPesa ambassador…..”.

This ‘SportPesa ambassador’ is actually Dr. Harrison Mwakyembe, Tanzania’s Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports.

Yannick Bolasie's supporters driving through what the Daily Mail describes as the 'fishing village' of Dar Es Salaam. I don't know of many villages boasting of wide dual-carriageways

Yannick Bolasie’s supporters driving through what the Daily Mail describes as the ‘fishing village’ of Dar Es Salaam. I don’t know of many villages boasting of wide dual-carriageways

In another picture, supporters of Everton’s Yannick Bolasie as described as having “swept through the Tanzanian fishing village…” repeating the mistake initially spotted in the first paragraph.

Everton FC take on Kenya’s Gor Mahia FC at 5.00pm local time at the National Stadium in Dar Es Salaam.

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