Adieu, Julius Nyerere....
From the diplomatic halls of the United Nations in New York to the quasi-socialist villages of Arusha, the death of Africa's frontline nationalist and former president of Tanzania, Julius Kambarage Nyerere, 77, in a London hospital on Thursday, October 14, 1999, has attracted numerous condolence messages and words of tribute.
He has since been buried on October 23, 1999 in his village of Butiama, after a requiem mass at a Catholic church, a 21-gun salute, and national ceremony witnessed by several heads of state, nearly half a million people and dignitaries. For the great man of Spartan grace and ethics, he was a rare gem deserving of all the wonderful and kind comments about him. In this special section of USAfricaonline.com, we will dedicate this page to reports, insight and commentary about one of Africa's most beloved leaders.
He served as the first president of Tanzania (1964-1985). Reflecting the sentiments and thoughts of millions, South Africa's president Thabo Mbeki recognized the man also known as "Mwalimu" (Kiswahili title for "the teacher") for the fact that "Throughout his life, he was a pillar of strength to Dr Julius Nyerere, the first President of Tanzania, was interred Saturday at his home village of Butiama in northern Tanzania amid solemn pomp and ceremony. The Organization of African Unity , OAU, Secretary General, Salim Ahmed Salim, recalled "his wisdom, his intellect and his integrity."
Africa could do better with more like Julius Nyerere. By Chido Nwangwu
'Our beloved Father of the nation.' By Tanzania's President Benjamin Mkapa
Nyerere's life a model Africa's leaders should follow (Houston Chronicle, Friday October 22, 1999 editorial page) By Chido Nwangwu
Biafra , Human Rights and Self-detrmination in Africa. By Julius Nyerere (in 1968)
Ekwe Nche recalls Nyerere's courage, forthrightness and honesty by Emeka Onumonu