‘Saba Saba’ Kiswahili World Day a Thanksgiving present for me 

Mwalimu Julius Nyerere

Tanzania's founding President Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.

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What you need to know:

  • In Kenya, “saba saba”, reminds those of us of the daring rally at Kamukunji on July 7, 1990, a landmark in the struggle for the opening up of democratic space. 
  • Ugandans, on the other hand, associate “saba saba” (seven-seven) with the calibre of the favourite field gun of the Tanzanian forces that helped them get rid of Idi Amin.

Last Thursday, November 25, was Thanksgiving Day, and I was determined to observe it decorously, as I have been doing for many years now. Most people recognise Thanksgiving as an American annual festival celebrated on the last Thursday of November. I, like many other East Africans, honour it for two main reasons.


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