Mwalimu’s 100th birthday: What of the countries they left behind?
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The Citizen

A century, in a life of a person or even a country, is a long time regardless of how one measures time. After all, as a continent, Africa continues to be influenced or scarred by events which did not clock a century, like colonialism or the post-independence period. Had he lived to this year, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere would have celebrated his 100th birthday this month. Still, he took a bow at a very respectable age of 77, and since then each year the country has held events to mark his life and his times. Each year there are many ‘what ifs’ thrown around about the times he did not live to see. W…

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