David McDonald (Editor), Eunice Njeri Sahle (Editor) - The Legacies of Julius Nyerere: Influences on Development Discourse and Practice in Africa (Politics of Self-Reliance / By Ngugi Wa Thiong'o -- Julius N)
Publication: African Business
Publication Date: 01-May-03
It would be an exaggeration to state that Julius Nyerere is one of the forgotten moral leaders of Africa. For Tanzanians, for those on the left who had their political epiphanies in the 1960s (as well as for those who criticized his economic policies) and for those who have studied Tanzanian history and politics, he remains a deeply influential and charismatic figure.
Yet there is still a sense that Nyerere does not enjoy the international reputation in the popular mind that he undoubtedly deserves. For obvious reasons, Nelson Mandela has become the symbol of hope for African leadership and integrity. But for those who remember - or indeed were present to witness - Nyerere's attempts to build a nation from the disparate, disjointed territorial segments bequeathed by the colonial state, his was a voice which stood out as