7 Reasons why you need to visit Mwalimu Nyerere Museum Centre in Butiama.
1) First Tanzanian President
Intellectual, pacifist and nationalist, Julius Kambarage Nyerere was the first president of Tanzania in 1964. Tanzanian anti-colonial activist, politician, and political theorist he led his country until 1985. You will discover what a great political man he was for his country and his ascension to his presidency. At the museum you will discover that he was not only known as political philosopher but also as a renamed teacher, who gave him the title of “Mwalimu” Julius K. Nyerere.
2) A symbol of independence
At museum you will see that he’s a great symbol of independence. Indeed, MJK Nyerere has always been preoccupated by the emancipation of Africans from the Western world. Indeed, a dozen years before his presidency he creates his political party that advocates independence. In 1964, during his presidency he led his country to independence through the merger Tanganyika and Zanzibar forming the United Republic of Tanzania.
3) It shares History of the United republic of Tanzania
Fan of history? The Mwalimu Nyerere Museum is the occasion to learn all the History about the United Republic of Tanzania through real historical support that illustrate all the moments which has built the country. The museum holds unique photos and objects that will emerge you in the heart of the country.
4) To understand what the policy of the first president of Tanzania is
MJK Nyerere is the founding member of the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) party which in 1977 became the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party and he chaired it until 1990. According to Nyerere’s ideal, African socialism must lead to the creation of an egalitarian, just and united society. They were seventeen to share this ideology and very determined to apply this one. At the museum, you could see this political party and its members.
5) To discover a strong international opening
Do you think MJK Nyerere has met a lot of famous political personality? Yes, of course! Nelson Mandela, John. F Kennedy, Martin Luther King and that’s not all … You can discover them at the museum and all the countries he has visited. The Republic of Tanzania is internationally opened since its presidency and has been able to achieve major economic and social projects for the emergence of his country, it is a model for other countries.
6) Emblematic Gifts
You could see at the museum all the gifts that MJK Nyerere received during his mandate. Local or foreign, all these gifts have been offered to thank him for all his achievements and thus reflect his greatness.
You want a preview? Animals skin and silverware offered after the wars in sign of bravery or you will find local furniture made from precious materials such as kigoda, a chef’s seat that has been offered to him as a form of respect… you’ll find all his diplomas and trophies that he obtained during his life, his toge of chancellor of the university and even its price Gandhi for peace. We do not tell you more, we keep you surprised…
7) It reflects the Tanzanian custom
Do you know Tanzanian culture? You will discover at the museum the Tanzanian art of living and the local culture. It shares its daily life with objects and dresses. Moreover, you will see the evolution of the Tanzanian currency.