A Tanzanian Culture: Catalyst or Inhibitor of Social Development? A Short Comparison of the Cases of Dr. J.K. Nyerere and Dr. J.P. Magufuli

A Short Comparison of the Cases of Dr. J.K. Nyerere and Dr. J.P. Magufuli

  • Jacek Górka Jordan University College, Tanzania
Keywords: culture, development, communication, Tanzania, J.K. Nyerere, J.P. Magufuli


Undoubtedly, culture is a unique way in which every human being identifies himself with a group of people and, in parallel, differentiates from others. It is also obvious that culture is not stable in its form, mostly because it is considered as an average of many factors determined by time, place, etc. Hence, culture searches for uniqueness, and that makes it the overriding objective for a group of people. On the other hand, it provides an ancillary support through common values that makes us human. On top of that, culture expresses itself through unique form of communication and as such might become a irreplaceable tool in the whole process of sending and receiving information. In our study, we made an effort to analyze the above-presented ambiguous concept of culture and to compare it with two exemplary leaders of Tanzania, namely Nyerere and Magufuli. Such analyses meant to help us to understand how they understood, lived, and used culture in their struggle for the development of Tanzania.


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