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Visual Arts are primarily presented as decorations on objects such as pottery, basketry, mats and carpets and other objects of daily use such as water pots, winnowing baskets,knives and other tools. In addition to  their utility value these tools and objects are decorated to make them pleasing to the eye.

This art is becoming popular in Tanzania, it has created employment opportunities to a considerable number of Tanzanians especially young people who are engaging in arts. Tingatinga paintings have become famous worldwide from their artistic style  famously known as Tingatinga, given after the name of the founder of the style Edward Said Tingatinga who unfortunately passed away before he could enjoy his fruits. 

Several measures have been taken by the government of Tanzania to promote arts, included the establishment of the National Arts Council (BASATA) by the parliamentary Act No.23 of 1984. BASATA in collaboration with other stakeholders has facilitated a number of projects with the aim of promoting art.

On the part of literature, through its  two major forms - fiction and non-fiction - and two major techniques of poetry and prose. The art is growing as there is a considerable number of Kiswahili literature books. Writing of works of literature as well as other academic books is an important element of culture. The first work of written literature was that of Utenzi wa Ras l'Ghuli by Mgeni bun Faqih of Bagamoyo in 1853. Another literature work, famous for its length in Sub-Saharan Africa is Bwana Myombekere na Bibi Bugonoka, Ntulanalwo and Buliwhali by Anicet Kitereza.

Other writers, novelists and playwrighters emerged in 1960s and 70s  educated and entertained readers for many years while nurturing a new generation of writers and artists. Some of these writers are Shaaban Robert, Abdu Saadan Kandoro, Gabriel Ruhumbika, Euphrase Kezilahabi, Penina Mhando, Amandina Lihamba, Elieshi Lema, Severin Ndunguru, Ebrahim Hussein, William Mkufya and Elvis Musiba.  




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