Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Intellectual Festival

The Mwalimu Julius Nyerere intellectual festival, which is a yearly event, is organized mainly to celebrate intellectual contribution of this great statesman, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. Since its inception a total of eight intellectual festivals have been held.

1.      The first intellectual festival was held from 12th-15th April, 2009, and the main theme was "Binadamu wote ni sawa na Africa ni moja: Africa must unite".

2.      The second intellectual festival was held for three eventful days, 12th, 13th and 15th April, 2010. The main theme of the festival was Arusha Declaration, a great document produced in 1967 during the nationalist period.

3.      The third Intellectual festival was held from12th-15th April, 2011, and the theme was The Arusha Declaration, Tanzania’s vision of socialism and self reliance.

4.       the fourth intellectual festival was held from12th-15th April, 2012. The theme of the week was Arts in Liberation.

5.      The fifth intellectual festival took place from12th-15th April, 2013. The theme of the festival was Development is Struggle.

6.       The sixth intellectual festival was held from 9th-11th April, 2014, and the theme was Liberating the Mind for Africa’s Transformation.

7.      The seven intellectual festival took place from13th-15th April, 2015 and the Chair selected the theme of Privatization and social justice for grassroots communities, as an attempt to interrogate negative effects of capitalism on larger masses. In light of this, the chair invited grassroots communities to talk about their experiences relating to privation and social justice for their communities.

8.      The eighth intellectual was held from 13th-16th June, 2016, and the theme of the festival was Mwalimu Julius Nyerere: A People-Centered development Vision. Indeed, these festivals have provided a platform for intellectual discussions reflecting Mwalimu Julius Nyerere vision on development and in particular Pan-Africanism. The festivals have enabled the University of Dar es salaam to recapture its historical positions as a center for intellectual debates, leading think-tank and remained one of the cornerstone in interrogating government policies and actions.

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