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His Excellency Benjamin Mkapa was Tanzanian’s third president, elected under the first multi-party general election in Tanzania. , His memoirs range from his childhood, time as president, and his continuing post-retirement involvement on the international stage of development and peace mediation.
This book will appeal to readers interested in: an African’s personal experiences of colonialism in East Africa, the struggle for independence by the liberation movements of several African countries, how war helped unify the diverse citizens of a young nation, fostering nationalism and addressing ethnic and religious differences, the economic and social aspects of transition to socialism and then to a free market environment, the political transition from a single party state to multiparty ism, and relations with international organisations and development partners. , During the ten years of his presidency, he undertook substantial reforms, such as the privatisation of national assets, securing international debt relief and restructuring the public service.
His Excellency writes of his childhood, his political maturation, the evolution of the State and politics in Tanzania, as well as some political upheavals in neighbouring countries. , These memoirs are enriched by his views on leadership and advice for aspiring leaders.
After Julius Nyerere, few books have been written by senior Tanzanian leaders on the evolution of Tanzania, in fact, more literature has been produced by foreigners than Tanzanians, thus H.E. Mkapa’s memoirs are a milestone. , This book will appeal to aspiring leaders, students of development, international politics and diplomacy, those working for development partners, historians and those who want to know more about their Tanzanian heritage.
“This engaging read conveys Former President Benjamin Mkapa’s thoughts on the successes, failures and challenges he encountered while working for Tanzania’s first President, Julius Nyerere, and later, as president himself for ten years. , He offers insight into the decision making, as well advice for aspiring young leaders today.”
–His Excellency Festus Mogae, Former President of the Republic of Botswana.
“I am delighted that my friend, Ben Mkapa, has written his memoirs. , The book offers an African leader’s view of development and gives valuable advice to all working with these issues. , I warmly recommend reading this book”.
–His Excellency Martti Ahtisaari, Former President of the Republic of Finland, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
“This book captures an era of unique political reforms and transformation within Tanzania, Africa and globally that continue to unfold today. , As a young African serving at the World Economic Forum over the last decade, His Excellency Ben Mkapa’s insights continue to be an inspiration, shedding light on an impact pathways for current and future generations.”