Nyerere In African Society

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Born Julius Kambarage Nyerere on the 13th of April 1922 in the eastern shores of Lake Victoria, Nyerere was destined to become Africa’s founding father. According to the Ayanda, Nyerere did not start school until the age 12. This of course in today’s time and age is quite late. His father was the chief of the village he grew up in, already indicating an environment of leadership, discipline and proper parental upbringing. His yearn for education and edification saw him transfer school to a government institution where later on trained as a teacher at Makerere University in Kampala (Uganda). “Intelligence plus character is the true role of education” Dr. Martin Luther King once said. And Nyerere proved this statement to the latter. After teaching…show more content…
The definition of African socialism defers variedly from different African countries, the constant idea although, was to share whatever little resources that was available. Nyerere was a strong supporter of African socialism and this was evident from his message in home country Tanzania. He pushed for African identity and what it meant to be African, social development lead by a sizable public portion and also the avoidance of social classes within society. Presently society is divided within these very lines. The gap between the affluent and indigent continues to grow with passing of each day. Nyerere and other African leaders fought for this disparity with the goal of achieving a society where everyone has equal opportunities. This goal led Nyerere to come up with Ujamaa. The concept of Ujamaa was formed of social and economic development policies in Tanzania after…show more content…
Relevance of Nyerere’s thoughts on Contemporary African protesters In the words of Ghana’s independence leader and very close to Julius Nyerere “Those who judge us merely by the heights we have achieved would do well to remember the depths which we started.” Nyerere was out to liberate a country and put human dignity before natural resources, wealth and power. Today his writings are used as a point of reference by many young political leaders. Books like Man and development 1968, Crusade for liberation 1974 and famous Ujamaa essays on socialism are used to understand current political temperatures that keep rising in African countries.

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