Today the world remembers the death and celebrates the legacy of an Africa statesman Julius Nyerere, who was the first President of Tanzania and previously Tanganyika, from 1961 until his retirement in 1985. Mwalimu Nyerere died of leukaemia in London in 1999. We look at some important moments in Baba wa Taifa’s life captured on camera in these ten pictures.
Widely known by the Swahili honorific title ‘Mwalimu’ – ‘Teacher’, Julius Nyerere is a true son of Africa, a Pan-Africanist, nationalist, charismatic orator, thinker and African statesman. A proponent of African unity, Mwalimu was also a founding member of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
Nyerere was also referred to as Baba wa Taifa (Father of the Nation) campaigned and he led an anti-colonial movement fighting for independence of Tanganyika.
Mwalimu became President of Tanzania after the unification of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, leading the country from 1964 to 1985. Nyerere stepped down as president in 1985 and was succeeded by Ali Hassan Mwinyi, but remained resolute in speaking on fundamental issues on corruption, poverty, and social development.
As we commemorate the legacy of Mwalimu Nyerere, we look at some his pictures.