Of Ben Mkapa and writing of English language in Tanzania

Former Tanzania President Benjamin Mkapa, who died on July 24, 2020 in Dar es-Salaam. 

Photo credit: File | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The late President Mkapa was buried in July at his natal village of Lupaso near Ndanda township in Masasi District.
  • The famous medium Kinjikitile Ngwale preached that water made warriors impenetrable to colonial bullets.
  • Growing up in Dar in the heady Nyerere days, Vassanji has vivid reminisces of politics in socialist Tanzania.

It is interesting how life narratives are connected in East Africa. Indeed, we live in a regional community. The recent demise of the third president of Tanzania, Mr Benjamin William Mkapa, reminded me of literary circuits of interconnectedness that enmesh the East African region.


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