Its source is a Kiswahili expression meaning "Teacher."
This boy's name is used in Kiswahili.
The name Mwalimu is also used as a title. The former president of Tanzania, Julius Kambarage Nyerere, is fondly addressed Mwalimu.
Julius ''Mwalimu'' Kambarage Nyerere (born 1922, died 1999)
Tanzanian nationalist and politician
Prime Minister (1961-1962); President of Tanganyika (1962-1964); President of United Republic of Tanzania (1964-1985; Chairman, Organisation of African Unity (1984-1985) (see list of Miscellaneous Political Leaders)