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Pan-Africanism, Nyerere’s legacy and kizazi kipya

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Among the very few heads of state in human history who made an impression as scholarly thinkers, Mwalimu Nyerere arguably tops the list. His plea for umoja (unity) in defiance of ethnic differences and his search for an African form of modernity, starting with a political system adapted to local potentials and global realities, continues to impress. One of the tangible results has been lasting peace in the country. Therein Tanzania has an enviable track record, especially in comparison to countries dealing with similar economic hardship. Nevertheless, the model has long been worn out, subjected to critique by both scholars and broader sections of the population for its inability to spark growth, that is a self-sustaining process of prosperity and social development that makes hay of the country’s rich resources. Now that the neo-liberal reaction of freeing the market and dismantling the state appears to have failed as well, people are looking for a new paradigm, as they have been for a while. Who carries Nyerere’s legacy today, in finding a way of matching the local and the global? Before suggesting three social categories – ‘new generation’ professionals, artists and ‘re-converted’ academics – I want to try and sketch the full bearings of the challenge. Three themes will be key: the prisoners’ dilemma, overcoming the pragmatic philosophy of selfishness, and integrating peasant intellectuals in public fora for endogenous knowledge. We conclude with recommendations on how African universities can become cutting-edge by being (pan-)Africanist.

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Stroeken, Koenraad. 2013. “Pan-Africanism, Nyerere’s Legacy and Kizazi Kipya.” In Mzumbe University.
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Stroeken, K. (2013). Pan-Africanism, Nyerere’s legacy and kizazi kipya. Presented at the 50-years-Panafricanism Day, Mzumbe University.
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Stroeken K. Pan-Africanism, Nyerere’s legacy and kizazi kipya. Mzumbe University; 2013.
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Stroeken, Koenraad. “Pan-Africanism, Nyerere’s Legacy and Kizazi Kipya.” Mzumbe University, 2013. Print.
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  abstract     = {Among the very few heads of state in human history who made an impression as scholarly thinkers, Mwalimu Nyerere arguably tops the list. His plea for umoja (unity) in defiance of ethnic differences and his search for an African form of modernity, starting with a political system adapted to local potentials and global realities, continues to impress. One of the tangible results has been lasting peace in the country. Therein Tanzania has an enviable track record, especially in comparison to countries dealing with similar economic hardship. Nevertheless, the model has long been worn out, subjected to critique by both scholars and broader sections of the population for its inability to spark growth, that is a self-sustaining process of prosperity and social development that makes hay of the country{\textquoteright}s rich resources. Now that the neo-liberal reaction of freeing the market and dismantling the state appears to have failed as well, people are looking for a new paradigm, as they have been for a while. Who carries Nyerere{\textquoteright}s legacy today, in finding a way of matching the local and the global? Before suggesting three social categories -- {\textquoteleft}new generation{\textquoteright} professionals, artists and {\textquoteleft}re-converted{\textquoteright} academics -- I want to try and sketch the full bearings of the challenge. Three themes will be key: the prisoners{\textquoteright} dilemma, overcoming the pragmatic philosophy of selfishness, and integrating peasant intellectuals in public fora for endogenous knowledge. We conclude with recommendations on how African universities can become cutting-edge by being (pan-)Africanist. },
  author       = {Stroeken, Koenraad},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Mzumbe, Tanzania},
  publisher    = {Mzumbe University},
  title        = {Pan-Africanism, Nyerere{\textquoteright}s legacy and kizazi kipya},
  year         = {2013},
}