Africa's Liberation: The Legacy of Nyerere
Chambi Chachage, Annar Cassam
Fahamu/Pambazuka, May 27, 2010 - History - 195 pages
The death in 1999 of Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania, left a cavern in the consciousness and conscience of the people of Tanzania and Africa. Nyerere was not simply a player on the national terrain. He was a Pan-Africanist and an internationalist – in thoughts, writings and, crucially, in his practice. A giant of the liberation movement, Nyerere spoke out loud against injustices across the world. A decade later, his words, actions, achievements and shortcomings have acquired a sharper focus and relevance to our world.
This book includes contributions from leading commentators, those who worked and fought imperialism alongside Nyerere, members of a younger generation – and Nyerere in his own words. Their writings reflect on Nyerere and liberation, the Commonwealth, leadership, economic development, land, human rights and education. Above all, they are a testament to the growing recognition of the need to rekindle the fires of African socialism to which Nyerere was deeply committed.
'Such a publication in memory of an acclaimed historical figure could have easily been a purely nostalgic retrospective exercise, but this is not the case here. The relevance of many of Nyerere's thoughts and visions about a people-centred development and about cutting loose from the perpetuation of a dependency syndrome in most African countries is today still as true as it ever was. This is intended to be one key message of the book.'
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