Tanzanians in New York: The Nyerere Story

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New York – a city that is full of cultural diversity brings with itself opportunities that can never last a single lifetime. Woke up one morning thinking about wanting to host an event, a Tanzanian themed-event in New York. Not knowing what it was going to lead to but just had in mind the need to share apart of our history in New York.

While in the middle of editing an interview video clip from one of my travels, about a young Tanzanian, by the name of Costantine Magavilla, who was a great follower of our first President, Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere’s philosophy, the idea came to me.


The Big Idea


It was February and also the ‘Black History Month’ in USA. I thought why not host an event to also celebrate our history. Why not share the story of our first president? I started researching about Mwalimu Julius K Nyerere and the history of Tanzania.

My team and I looked for the venue in the city and contacted a couple of friends to become my panelists. We wanted this event to be for people to hear from people who lived the Nyerere era and how it was like living under a socialist country at the time. We wanted people to know more about Ujamaa principles, the pros and cons and what they think Nyerere would say about Tanzania if he were still alive today.


Mwalimu Julius K Nyerere Tanzanians in New York

The very charismatic Mwalimu Julius K Nyerere and the people of Tanzania


Who is Julius Kambarage Nyerere

Mwalimu Julius K Nyerere was born in April 13, 1922 and died in October 14, 1999. He was the first president of Tanzania (previously known as Tanganyika), from the country’s founding in 1964, until his retirement in 1985. Born in Tanganyika to a local Zanaki chief called Nyerere Burito, Julius Nyerere was known by the Swahili name ‘Mwalimu’, or “teacher,” because of his profession before becoming active in politics. Nyerere was the first African head of state to retire voluntarily. He stepped down because he realized that his socialist policies of communal ownership of farms and state ownership of services were not working.


The wonderful crowd at the “ History is to be Shared, Tanzanian History will be Told” event

The wonderful crowd at the “ History is to be Shared, Tanzanian History will be Told” event


My Tanzania in New York

Since it was ‘Black History Month’, we named the event ‘History is to be Shared, Tanzanian History will be Told’.


So who are these panelists?


They are the Tanzanian expats including Tanzanians in New York; diasporas in our community and are individuals who know about the history of the late Julius Kambarage Nyerere.

The event was then held on February 19th, 2015 and had a turnout of more than 50 people made up of Tanzanians, Americans, Caribbeans, Europeans and other ethnic groups! With such support, we are determined to work hard to build a platform in New York – a place where people can learn about Tanzanian history, culture, travel, adventure and the people.


History is to be Shared, Tanzanian History will be Told Event Tanzanians in New York



What to look for next?


Curious On Tz Fest – September 5th, 2015 in New York City

Our mission is to showcase some of country’s many untold wonders and increase the presence of Tanzanian culture across northern America. Through food, music, dance and networking with others, Tanzanian based organization and businesses in USA.


(Photo and video credits –  Justa / Curious on Tanzania)