114. Teacher Taught Me: Julius Nyerere

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The first leader of independent Tanzania grounds his socialist ideas in traditional African values.



Further Reading

• J.K. Nyerere, Freedom and Unity: A Selection from Writings and Speeches, 1952-65 (London: 1967).

• J.K. Nyerere, Freedom and Socialism: A Selection from Writings and Speeches, 1965-1967 (London: 1968).

• J.K. Nyerere, Ujamaa: Essays on Socialism (London: 1968).

• J.K. Nyerere, Freedom and Development: A Selection from Writings and Speeches, 1967-1973 (London: 1973).

• J.K. Nyerere, Man and Development (London: 1974).


• P. Bjerk, Building a Peaceful Nation: Julius Nyerere and the Establishment of Sovereignty in Tanzania, 1960-1964 (Rochester: 2015).

• P. Bjerk, Julius Nyerere (Athens, OH: 2017).

• A. Bogues, Black Heretics, Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals (New York: 2003), chapter 4.

• C. Chachage and A. Cassam (eds), Africa's Liberation: The Legacy of Nyerere (Kampala: 2010).

• M.-A. Fouéré (ed), Remembering Julius Nyerere in Tanzania: History, Memory, Legacy (Dar es Salaam: 2015).

• O. Gbadegesin, "Ujamaa: Julius Nyerere on the Meaning of Human Existence," Ultimate Reality and Meaning 17 (1994): 50-69.

• E. Hunter, Political Thought and the Public Sphere in Tanzania: Freedom, Democracy and Citizenship in the Era of Decolonization (New York: 2015).

• I.G. Shivji, S. Yahya-Othman, and N. Kamata, Development as Rebellion: A Biography of Julius Nyerere (Vols. 1-3) (Dar es Salaam: 2020).

• V. Stöger-Eising, ""Ujamaa" Revisited: Indigenous and European Influences in Nyerere's Social and Political Thought," Africa 70 (2000): 118-143.


Bear on 5 January 2023

St Julius???

I think this is the first modern Philosopher you have covered that may join the ranks of earlier thinkers - his cause for canonisation has been introduced. So he may soon be referred to as St Julius Nyerere.

His cause is an indication of his deep impact, not only Philosophy but also the country of Tanzania.

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