The Intellectual Needs Society J.K Nyerere

Below is excerpt from Nyerere speech ‘The Intellectual Needs Society’ delivered at the University of Liberia, Monrovia, 29th February, 1969

“There is no doubt, of course, that the knowledge which has been acquired at schools and higher educational institutions can be used almost exclusively for personal gain, with benefit to the society being a mere by-product. Indeed, it is sometimes seems that we have organized our societies in this basis, as the temptation of highest wages often connected with the least socially useful occupations. But even in the most needed positions, highly educated and skilled people can at present often abuse their trust if they mind to do so……..Instead of accepting that they have debt of service to repay, these individuals demand greater and greater differentials between them and the unskilled labourer, on the grounds they they are ‘key workers’ – that without an engineer no bridge can be built etc….. But how far are we educated people going to take demand for higher a higher reward, which we have already established? It is true that the bridge cannot be built without the engineer; but it cannot be built without the labourers either”

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Kitabu kipya cha Issa Shivji-Insha za Mapambano ya Wanyonge

Kitabu kipya cha Prof. Issa Shivji – Insha za Mapambano ya wanyonge,kitazinduliwa tarehe 12 – 13 Aprili kwenye Tamasha la Mwalimu Nyerere. Maelezo zaidi tembelea UDADISI

Bei ya kitabu ni Tsh 18,000/=

Nakala moja moja wakati wa kuzindua kitabu ni Tsh 15,000/=

Bei ya jumla (kuanzia nakala 20) ni Tsh 13,500/=

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Mwalimu Nyerere: Rememberance of Rafiki wa Vitabu

As we count 11 years since Mwalimu Nyerere celebrating his life, in many hat which Mwalimu can wear is being author, poet, translator and a person who loved book and reading. To him education is tool of emancipation/liberation which can be acquired by anyone who want it.


As we honour his life, let be engaged in seeking the true knowledge which will be used to realize our potentials.


Dear Mwalimu and Rafiki wa Vitabu, from your written and spoken words we still remember you and find knowledge and wisdom out of them.

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Andikia Toleo Maalumu la Chemchemi/Contribute to the Special Issue of Chemchemi – 30/11/2010

From Chambi Chachage

Kwa niaba ya wahariri wa Jarida la Kitaaluma la Chemchemi, nawatumia wito huo hapo chini wa kuandika katika toleo maalumu la miaka 50 ya Afrika/On behalf of the the editors of Chemchemi: Fountain of Ideas, I forward to you the call below to contribute to a special issue on Africa at 50. Unaweza kuandika makala/mada yoyote isiyozidi maneno 4,000 kwa Kiswahili au Kiingerea kuhusu hali au mwelekeo wa kisiasa, kiuchumi, kijamii, kiaendeleo na kitaaluma wa Afrika toka nchi zake zilipopata uhuru kwa wingi takribani miaka 50 iliyopita/You may write any article/text that does not exceed 4,000 words on Africa’s political, economic, social, developmental and intellectual trajectory since many of its countries became independent about 50 years or so ago. Mwisho ya kupokea makala ni 30 Novemba 2010/Deadline for submission is 30 November 2010. Itume kwa/Send to:

Prof. Issa Shivji:; Dr. Adolf Mkenda ; Dr. Opportuna Kweka: ; Jacqueline Mgumia: ; Walter Luanda:; Chambi Chachage:

Chambi Chachage – Mhariri Mwalikwa/Guest Editor

This and next year many African countries, including Tanzania (Tanganyika) will be celebrating 50 years of their independence. Next year the University of Dar es Salaam will be celebrating its 50 years. Half a century is not a short period even in the life of a nation, more so in the case of a university. This is the occassion to look back, take stock and critically reflect on 50 years since we reclaimed our sovereignty and our right to think for ourselves. On this occassion, the editors of Chemchemi have decided to bring out a special combined issue (No. 4 & 5) of Chemchemi.

The special issue will be both in English and Kiswahili. We are now inviting articles in either language on any topic relevant to the theme. Where did we begin? Where are we at? Where is uhuru? What have been our problems, successes? What is our place in the global world today? What is the direction of our development? How do we assess various political and economic “experiments” tried out in Africa, in Tanzania? How do we periodise and understand 50 years of independence?

What is the state of higher education today? What have been the debates, discourses and discussions at the University fo Dar es Salaam, among African intellectuals? Can we look back and say: yes, indeed we played our role? Or have we abdicated our responsibility as the mirror of society? Where is the vision – Pan-Africanism, Freedom, Dignity – of the first generation of African nationalists? You may choose any topic/theme of your interest on which you believe you can make a contribution. Your contibution may be in the form of an article, or a review article based on a book or books, or a short story, poem etc.

1. Articles should not exceed 4000 words. They should be written in simple, clear style. Please minimise the number of footnotes. You may append a short list of references/bibliography at the end of your contribution.

2. An electronic copy of your contribution should reach the editors (whose emails are in the cc line) by November 30th, 2010. The special issue will be launched during the 3rd Julius Nyerere Intellectual Festival week beginning April 12, 2011.

We are expecting that you will respond enthusiastically in the great intellectual tradition of progressive debates which was the hallmark of the Hill.

Issa Shivji
Adold Mkenda
Opportuna Kweka
Jacquiline Mgumia

Issa G. Shivji
Mwalimu Nyerere University Professor of Pan-African Studies
University of Dar es Salaam
P. O. Box 35091
Dar es Salaam – Tanzania
Tel: 255-(0)22 – 2410 763
Cell: 255 (0) 754 475 372
Res. 255-(0)22-2118 620
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Another good and timely book about Mwalimu Nyerere. Below are words from Chambi Chachage one of the Editor sent through Wanazuoni Network.

I am almost half way reading it and its book review will come as soon as possible.


It is indeed a great honour to introduce to you a new book on Africa’s Liberation: The Legacy of Nyerere. This publication is but a modest tribute to Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere. It revisits his revolutionary ideas which continue to inspire all those who still wish Africa well.

The process of publishing the book has truly been a collaborative pan-African initiative. Authors from the continent and beyond have contributed chapters that address issues that were close to Mwalimu’s heart and mind – issues that still concerns all of us today. This augurs well with Mwalimu’s wakeup call for Africa to embrace ‘Maximum Collective Self-Reliance’. Even the name of the publisher attests to this: Pambazuka Press. This Kiswahili name means dawn-awake!

In this book you will engage with the multidimensional thought and practice of Mwalimu. You will get a glimpse of his attempts to finely balance the protection of human rights and the dispensation of justice which do not necessarily go together. Our leading human rights theorists and activists, Helen Kijo-Bisimba and Chris Maina Peter, have taken up that challenge of presenting this controversial subject in a balanced way. Their chapter helps us to understand how and why Mwalimu did “whatever” he “did that could be interpreted as violating human rights.”

Mwalimu was not just a politician. He was also an intellectual. That combination produces what the late Haroub Othman refers to as ‘an intellectual in power.’ His chapter highlights how Mwalimu juggled with power that is often claimed to corrupt. How did he escape unscathed?

Those who worked closely with Mwalimu in the international arena reminisce on his global impact. Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, tell us of Mwalimu’s wins and losses in the diplomatic battles. A former Deputy Secretary General of the then Organisation of African Unity, Mohammed Sahnoun, also recount the victories and setbacks that Mwalimu and the Frontline States encountered in the course of liberating Africa.

Time will fail me to talk of the inspiring interviews that Mwalimu gave to Nawal El Saadawi and Ana Camacho; Of the powerful question that Neema Ndunguru’s poem ‘But Dear Mwalimu’ poses; and of other chapters that attempts to capture the many faces of Mwalimu – Mwalimu the Artist, Mwalimu the Educator, Mwalimu the Economist, Mwalimu the Historians and so forth.

So, I urge you to read the book for yourself for therein is the unearthed treasure that awakes Africa!

Read. Reflect. React.

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Comradely, Chambi

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Mwalimu and the State of Education By Chambi Chachage

This is another work by Chambi Chachage and he is inviting comments, clarification and critique. You can read and/or download the whole article/chapter from Marafiki wa Vitabu File section.

Kindly send your comment, clarification and critique to Chambi through this email:


If there is one theme that was so dear to Julius K. Nyerere then it is education. He thought about it. He spoke about it. He even wrote about it. No wonder he is called Mwalimu, ‘The Teacher’.

A two volumes collection entitled Nyerere on Education published by HakiElimu, E & D Limited and the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation in 2004 and 2006 respectively reveals that about 35 essays and speeches on the theme are attributed to his name. This chapter is a critical review of the thoughts and practices of Mwalimu on this theme of Elimu in relation to the current state of education in Tanzania. It is thematically divided into three main sections that are entitled after Nyerere’s speeches on The Power of Teachers, A Great Urge for Education and Education for Service and not for Selfishness that he delivered in 1966, 1954 and 1999 respectively.

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Invatation on today’s event to honor Mwalimu’s Life@SOMA BookCafe

SOMA Book Café in collaboration with Wanazuoni Informal Network would like to invite to you at event of remembering the life of Mwalimu Nyerere.

Topic of discussion: 10 years after Mwalimu: Roles and Challenges of Youth in Leadership.

We will have three young person who are in different leadership role to share with us their experience.

There will be song performance and following poems will be recited:

  • The Days of Mwalimu by Kenneth Kolowa
  • But Dear Mwalimu by Neema Ndunguru
  • Mwalimu Wewe ni Nani? by Adam Foya

When: Today Friday 16th October 2009.

Time: From 5pm

Where: SOMA Book Café located Mlingotini Close, Plot no 53 Regent Street off Chato Street Regent Estate.

Drinks and food will be available at affordable price.

Few of Mwalimu publication will be provided for free.


You are all Welcomed

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Download Bonus:Hotobu za Mwalimu J.K.Nyerere

Hotuba za Mwalimu Nyerere

Dada Subi of has done a wonderful job of collecting Mwalimu’s speech. Go to her blog to get link where you can download those speeches:


Thank you very much


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Nyerere: Education for Liberation

Tomorow is 10 years since Mwalimu’s body died. His ideas and philosophy lives. Let honor him by celebrating his life and thinking on what he used to stand upon.

This is part of speech during Dag Hammarskjold Dar Es Salaam, 2oth  May 1974, from Nyerere on Education Vol.I

Education has to liberate the African from the mentality of slavery and colonialism by making him aware of himself as an equaly member of human race, with rights and duties of his humanity. It has to liberate him from the habit of submitting to circumstances which reduce his dignity as if they were immutable.And it has to liberate him from the shackles of techinical ignorance so that he can make and use the tools of organization and creation for development of himself and his fellow man”
Wishing Nice Celebration on Mwalimu’s Life
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The Days of Mwalimu by Kenneth Kolowa

Kenneth Kolowa is my school mate whom I never knew if he such a talented poet. Ken thanks for sharing with us.

On the periphery of a quill my hand seeks forbearance

And my mind acquiesces the need so to do

So I grant myself consent to recollect

A lot about a man with a great intellect

Mwalimu Nyerere of course

It has been years now and I still commit to memory

The days of dimness and how they gradually petered out

But when delicate mouth of wealth stranded on its pivots

For not a soul said money talks and bought impartiality

Take me way back

To when ignorance was to Mwalimu a nation’s rival

And fighting it was the order of the day

So my paterfamilias too went to school at no cost

To when recognition of a man’s tribe was of no significance

Than the color of his eyes and his nationality

To Mwalimu Nyerere of course

To when no leader lied to hide a lie

And still asked me for my vote

To the great fortitude of integrity boundaries

Corruption too was rather sleazy

When justice decided to go busy

Take me way back I beg you

To the days of Mwalimu

To the days of honesty put in use

Kenneth Kolowa

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