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Nyerere's grandson fight for Africa's image abroad

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by nngu007, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. nngu007

    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    By Edwin Agola

    Sunday, 31st July 2011

    Julius Nyerere Jr

    Edmund Walton

    Edmund Walton (26) is grappling with learning Kiswahili language as well as trying hard to get used to riding on Dar es Salaam's public commuter buses popularly referred to as Daladala.

    In order to get things the easy way, Walton has shifted from the city's Masaki posh area to Uswahilini in Sinza, courtesy of a friend at Sinza.

    Simultaneously, a colleague of his, Julius Nyerere Jr, is at Butiama Village, Musoma District, Mara Region. This Julius started living in America at a tender age of three.

    He is currently working closely with his father, Madaraka, to gather information about how his family accomplished de-coloniasation. For Walton this is just one trip to Tanzania. He wants to become a motivational speaker to encourage people to believe in themselves.

    The duo, undergraduate students of Bowie State University, State of Maryland, US, is in the country for the past two months to prepare a documentary.

    The black students arrived in Tanzania in May, and between now and August they will be active in Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Dodoma to prepare the documentary.
    Special Seats opposition(Chadema) MP Leticia Nyerere who is mother of Nyerere Jr, has partnered with her son, Walton and Bowie State University via The Centre for Global Engagement to complete the educational documentary, which among other things, hopes to connect Black Americans and Africans

    The Center for Global Engagement is a programme started by several lecturers at Bowie State University - Historic Black College and University (H.B.C.U), created after the American Civil War in 1865, to educate people of African descent.

    "After Julius and I complete the documentary we will take it to our school …for editing and we'll then submit it to foundations, charities and corporations for funding.

    Although the documentary will focus on Tanzania's economic infrastructure, it also aims to empower Africans on the continent and the Diaspora by linking Tanzanian and American ways of life for attainment of life goals.

    While Mwalimu was driven by the desire for independence, self-determination and abhorrence of all evil associated with colonial rule several decades ago, Nyerere Jr and Walton aspire for progressive and developmental oriented culture needs.

    Nyerere Jr says: "I think that we all have something to contribute so as to make this world a better place.

    "Our world is composed of people with diverse backgrounds who live in different environments. It is for this reason that we are bound to think and act differently…let's share our experiences in diversity," he adds.

    Historical events such as slavery and colonialism have played a role in damaging these aspects but Walton maintains that "through endurance, unity and faith Africans around the globe can be healed.

    "As people of African descent are uplifted, this can help motivate all people around the world to believe that even situations that seem unchangeable can be changed through perseverance, character, unity and faith," he adds.

    The young men believe self-confidence and high self-esteem are important for social stability and healthy economic development; that life skills are crucial to perform well in the global world.

    For his part, Walton expresses optimism in accomplishing what he says was started by past great leaders - Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Dr Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa and others.

    He adds that he and his friend feel the world is different from what it used to be 50 years ago stressing that those leaders "did not fail."

    "And the world did not just arrive at its present state over night. Many events have influenced our present reality: slavery, colonialism, racism, ignorance, etc.

    "Mistakes have been made on all sides - those who live in the First World and those in developing nations. We are all feeling the repercussions of past events," he clarifies.

    However, they say: "We do not dare compare ourselves with the great leaders of the world who have gone on before them. But we can play our part. We can continue the dream."

    Speaking to these young lads, one could discern hidden talent and the curiosity to make this world, specifically Africa, a better place to live in.

    While Walton could qualify to be a great orator, politician-cum-crowd puller, his counterpart Nyerere Jr is somehow shy but quite careful with his words and deeds.

    The latter dreams of placing solar panels and wind turbines in costal areas, and then send some of the wealth and savings, which Dar es Salaam shall accumulate, to villages that are struggling with power.

    Attacking the legacy of hatred and racism held by many people around the world and encouraging Africans on the continent and those in the diaspora to think as global citizens, rather than local citizens, is another goal of theirs.

    Walton says they do not nurture any political ambitions. "Even though Julius is a grandson of the late Nyerere, he is not aiming to become a political figure.

    H.B.C.U sponsored Walton's airfare ticket and assigned him and Nyerere Jr to complete the documentary about the Tanzanian people.

    "We're looking for sponsorship, have raised Shillings one million but we need a total of Shillings three million to completely handle all costs."

    "Julius and I have hope. And hope is what is needed to change the world. You can touch ones life at a time. That's the motto of Julius and me. That is why we are in Tanzania serving," Walton says.

    University of Dar es Salaam UDSM students and other young people will have their share of life goals and dreams on film to be shown in the US.

    "We'll interview several business people and provide them with an opportunity to display their entrepreneurship skills. Also, we will interview and show the lives of other Tanzanian people: maids, servants, etc.

    "We want to show our peers in America that in the midst of obstacles they persevere…that's why Julius and I are working together," he says.

  2. nyabhingi

    nyabhingi JF-Expert Member

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    i smell something stinky
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    How kamanda?Tusadie wengine kwa ufafanuzi zaidi.

    VIKWAZO JF-Expert Member

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    yeah right that what i thought.
    huyu kijana hatalipua mengi maana lazima kuwe na conclusion i mean current issue
    yeah mother partnered not dad or all together
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    Chief Lugina JF-Expert Member

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    Sasa ndo nimeanza kuelewa kwa nini Leticia Nyerere anapigania uraia wa nchi mbili kumbe ana mtoto diaspora ambaye hata kiswazi cheche!
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    Chief Lugina JF-Expert Member

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    Sasa ndiyo nimeanza kuelewa kwa nini Leticia Nyerere anapigania uraia wa nchi mbili kumbe ana mtoto diaspora ambaye hata kiswazi cheche!
  7. The Boss

    The Boss JF-Expert Member

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    watu wa sinza wapo humu?

    kumbe sinza ni uswahilini pia?

    sio kwa wajanja????

    ni kama tandale na mbagala?
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    MwanaFalsafa1 JF-Expert Member

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    The guy does not have an African name, does not know Swahili and has never lived in Tanzania? I don't see how he can influence anybody back home. To many he will be like just any other African-American rather than an African.
  9. Ndjabu Da Dude

    Ndjabu Da Dude JF-Expert Member

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    Where does it state that he feels the need to "influence anybody back home"?

    On the contrary, we're told that, he "dreams of placing solar panels and wind turbines in costal [sic] areas, and then send some of the wealth and savings, which Dar es Salaam shall accumulate, to villages that are struggling with power."

    Now, my question to you is: how much "African" does one need to be in order to entertain these kinds of ideals?
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    Viper JF-Expert Member

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    dogo anataka kujijengea jina.. kuhusu uswazi eti kaenda kukaa sinza angeshuka kidogo kule kwa tumbo. au manzese ..

    muda si mrefu mtasikia ana nafasi ndani ya CCM
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    join9527 Member

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    i smell something stinky

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    The dude is simply seeking attention, period....!
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    Ngonini JF-Expert Member

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    He is more on global issues, but he doesn,t seem to know the root of the mess we have here locally. People will only pay attention to a person who is having solutions to the local issues. It is nonsense to me if a guy just talks about generalised Afrikan issue while there are vey burning local issues like painful state contracts, rampant corruption and reigning single party system excution of the state pillars(Bunge,Mahakama, serikali).

    The boy must understand that people are now better educated so he need to be really intelligent for his ideas to be bought!
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    Hamna lolote hapa!! Project za namna hii zimefanywa nyingi sana toka tupate uhuru. Mwisho wa siku hatusikii chochote wala llolote. Baadhi ya project kama hizi hutumika ku-gather info kwa ajili ya american intelligence. Anyway, let us wait and see!!
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    MzeePunch JF-Expert Member

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    What are these guys trying to prove?
  16. MwanaIFM

    MwanaIFM Member

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    damn it!!!!why is there always a negative approach to something productive???the sick comments on this topic are all just because the guy is nyereres grandson...well i think that the guys have a dream and atleast someone gives a fu** about this country and there doing something unlike others with the opportunities and yet all they do is pump out chickenshit.
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    kwani neno uswahilini unalielewaje
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    Why Tanzanians are so negative? It's very sad to see negative comments on Nyerere's grandson's dream.Instead of asking the guy on how to get a scholarship,some people are busy trying to put him down for no reason. This is unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    ths is a like bt sema natumia sim 2.
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    hao the gurdian ndo wanaandika kizungu kibovu namna hii... duh kazi kweli.