Africa's Liberation: The Legacy of Nyerere

Africa's Liberation: The Legacy of Nyerere

Edited by Chambi Chachage, Annar Cassam

Africa Spectrum vol 45 no 3
Mar 31, 2011
Julius Nyerere was the founding president of Tanzania from its independence in 1961 until 1985, when he voluntarily stepped down and did not seek another term in office (in an election he easily could have won again). He remained chairman of the ruling party CCM (Revolutionary Party) until 1990 and continued to have a dominating influence on Tanzanian politics until his death in 1999 at the age of 77. He was a highly respected and widely admired leader among the first generation of African politicians that forged the destiny of the continent during the early post-independence period from the late 1950s onwards. Nyerere's name is still held in high esteem not only in Tanzania, where he is fondly remembered as Mwalimu ("teacher") and "father of the nation", but also among politically conscious people of all shades throughout the African continent. But the political, economic and social realities in Africa are today significantly different from the key concerns of these earlier periods, and the younger generations (in Tanzania as well as outside) have only a faint idea of the issues and problems that comprised the centre of Nyerere's thoughts as a political philosopher and of his concrete actions as an all-powerful president.

- Rolf Hofmeier, former director of the Institute of African Affairs in Hamburg (part of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies), Africa Spectrum vol 45 no 3

Jan 31, 2011
The late Tanzanian President, Julius Nyerere, was greatly misunderstood when he was in power. It was only when he stepped down that his critics realised that he meant well for his country and Africa, and that, as with Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, his ideas might have been well ahead of their time. And just as in the case of Nkrumah too, Nyerere's ideas live on. Africa's Liberation: The Legacy of Nyerere is a true tribute to Mwalimu in its re-examination of his revolutionary ideas, which continue to inspire Africans.

A veritable list of pan-African heavyweights, from Africa and beyond, contributed to the book: Horace Campbell, Nawal El Saadawi, Mohamed Sahnoun, Haroub Othman, Issa G. Shivji and Chris Maina Peter, to name a few. They address issues that were close to Nyerere’s heart and are still of great concern to many in Africa today.

- Desmond Davies, NewsAfrica

Aug 1, 2010
African Narodnik

If Julius Nyerere, President of Tanzania from independence in 1961 till 1985, had been a late 19th century Russian he would have been labelled a 'Narodnik', i.e. someone who thought that a basically agricultural country could move straight to socialism, on the basis of local communal villages, without having to pass through capitalism. The Russian Marxists denied this, but the Narodniks never got a chance to implement their ideas.

- Socialist Standard

Oct 1, 2010
This new collection of essays is an introduction to the philosophy and politics of Julius K. Nyerere, a tribute to his legacy, and a rumination on the trajectory of Tanzanian politics since his death in 1999. The essays themselves are mostly written by Tanzanian scholars and activists, and all share a desire to cast the legacy of Mwalimu in a positive and developmental light.

- Tanzanian Affairs

The Africa Report
Sep 1, 2010
A decade after his death, and in the wake of appeals for his canonisation, a book of essays reassessing the legacy of Julius Nyerere, founding president of Tanzania and luminary of Africa's liberation struggle, might easily have turned into an exercise in nostalgia. But the larger context to which this collection responds, namely Africa's intellectual surrender to the terms

- Parselelo Kantai, The Africa Report

Black Power Media
Jun 20, 2010
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For Africans at home and abroad who concern ourselves with Africa's liberation, it becomes increasingly important to anchor our steps in the reality of our environment and to benchmark our progress to the giant leaps forward obtained by our elders. For those reasons, I recommend a book for review and reflection that uplifts the legacy of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, a servant leader who helped to usher into existence the independence of Tanzania.

- Amir Demeke, Black Power Media