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Thursday, July 11, 2013

"Freedom and Unity" by Mwalimu Julius Nyerere

This book is a collection of speeches by Tanzania's founding president Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere (1922 - 1999) delivered between 1952 and 1965.

They span the precolonial period and the period of Tanganyika's independence struggle and the early period after Tanganyika's independence as well as the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar: Tanzania.

In the book he writes: "Whatever the size of society and whatever its institutions, the freedom and well-being of its members depends upon there being a generally accepted social ethic - a sense of what things are right, and what things are wrong, both for the institutions in relation to the members, and for the members in relation to each other."
The author sought to reveal an understanding of the basic purpose of a new administration of an emerging nation. Furthermore it is an attempt to enable the reader to acquire a "...historical understanding of the development of Tanzania and of the philosophy which it is trying to practice."

I recommend this book to some of the younger generation of Tanzanians who tend to read commentaries on Mwalimu rather than read his own words.

4 comments:

Ben Kirato said...

I am delighted to have a friend of mine bring me a copy of Freedom and Socialism which I am currently reading. I wish Mwalimu's publications could easily be accessed on Amazon or similar avenues.

Gary Frank said...

This is a great book. Thanks for reminding us of it, Godfrey. Mwalimu taught many things by example, including how to write well!

Madaraka said...

Ben, I have done a few searches on Amazon and I found some books on Mwalimu, but I have a slow connection and so I could not do an extensive search which I will attempt when I have a better connection.

Madaraka said...

Gary, I agree with you: he wrote well.