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Sunday, 7 December 2014

2013 in review: 26 March

In the evening I was in Leuven, Belgium, at the Afrika Filmfestival, an annual celebration of films and documentaries made on Africa and, mostly, by Africans.
Photo credit: Lilian Nabora.
This year’s festival also featured two films on Tanzania’s founding president, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere (1922 – 1999). One of those films is The Teacher’s Country, a film by Benjamin Leers and Maurice Houcni, which is a reflection by five Tanzanians on 50 years of Tanzania’s independence.
Host Dr. Pendo Maro, left, and the Tanzanian Ambassador in Belgium, Dr. Deodorus Kamala, at the Afrika Filmfestival. Photo credit: Lilian Nabora
I was one of the five featured in the film, which was also shot during one of my Mt. Kilimanjaro climbs. Both Benjamin and Maurice joined me on that climb.

Among the awardees at the festival was Imruh Bakari, lecturer at the University of Winchester, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
I, right, had the honour of presenting Imruh Bakari's Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo credit: Afrika Filmfestival.

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