Julius Kambarage Nyerere

[Julius Kambarage Nyerere]Also known as

  • Mwalimu (it means teacher in Swahili)
  • Baba wa Taifa (Father of the Nation)
  • Father of Tanzania


Son of the chief of the Zanaki. Obtaining a teaching certificate, he taught biology and English. First Tanganyikan to attend a British university, obtaining degrees in history and economics in 1952. Taught history, English and Kiswahili at Saint Francis’ College, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Colonial legislator in 1958. First prime minister of newly independent Tanzania on 9 December 1961. President of Tanzania from 1962 till 1985. Fought political corruption. Married layman. Attended Mass daily throughout his public career. Known for his frequent fasts and his dependence on his faith. His Cause for Canonization has begun.



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Julius Kambarage Nyerere“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 November 2019. Web. 28 September 2021. <>