International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 305


Julius Nyerere’s influence and legacy: From a proponent of familyhood to a candidate for sainthood

Simeon Mesaki1* and Mrisho Malipula2
  1Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2Institute of Development Studies, Mzumbe University, Morogoro, Tanzania.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 25 January 2011
  •  Published: 31 March 2011



By far, the greatest and startling religious news of this century from East Africa has been the unravelling of the complicated process towards canonization and possible papal declaration of Julius Nyerere, a Catholic saint. Both the political and religious worlds have joined ranks to make sure that the former president of Tanzania is beatified, an intriguing event surrounded by controversy. This paper reports in detail the core values and contribution to Tanzania’s nation building efforts of this exceptional African statesman but questions his proposed candidacy for sainthood.

Key words: Canonization, catholic, church, Nyerere, religion, socialism, saint, values.


Acronyms: CCM, Chama cha Mapinduzi; RC, Roman Catholic; TANU, Tanganyika African national Union; TEC, Tanzania Episcopal Conference