| After its independence, the state of Tanganyika and the island of Zanzibar became one state. The first ruler of the new found state of Tanzania was Julius Nyerere. He was better known as Mwalimu, meaning teacher in Swahili.
He was also one of the leading African academics especially in defining African Socialism, which is much different than Marxist Socialism. He believed that rather than living individualist, a greater focus must be placed on the whole. Giving life to the African statement “Because they are, I am”
Unlike many African countries, whose potential wealth contrasted with their actual poverty, Tanzania had few exportable minerals and a primitive agricultural system. To give a solution to this problem, Mwalimu put the Arusha Declaration into action. This called for self-reliance through the creation of cooperative farm villages and the nationalisation of factories, plantation, banks and private companies.
Later this failed because of many economical reasons and resistance from people on the ground. After this era, big economic reforms took place which turned Tanzania’s economy into one of Africa’s growing economies.
Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Mozambique
LEAST REACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
- For biblical leadership development and good theological training in Tanzania
- For the release of resources to fund these training programmes
- For the over-loaded pastors who sometimes need to shepherd up to 10 churches
- For national, united church planting strategies in Tanzania
- For more effective Bible translation teams and initiatives to translate the Bible in the languages of the unreached peoples
- For all inclusive national development