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Hakuna matata

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Hakuna matata means "no worries" in Swahili, a language of East Africa.[1] The phrase was used in the Disney movie The Lion King in a song of the same name.[1]

In 2003[1] Disney trademarked the phrase in the US.[2] In 2018, some people accused Disney or "colonialism" and "robbery" for stealing the phrase from East Africa.[1] The phrase is popular in Kenya, one of the countries where it came from. But because of the trademark, Kenyans are not allowed to sell stuff to the US that use that phrase.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ratcliffe, Rebecca (19 December 2018). "Disney accused of colonialism over 'hakuna matata' trademark". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  2. "HAKUNA MATATA Trademark of Walt Disney Company, The - Registration Number 2700605 - Serial Number 74558335 :: Justia Trademarks". trademarks.justia.com. Retrieved 19 December 2018.