Celebrating Mwalimu Nyerere and Makerere at 100

Photo Credit: The Julius Nyerere Leadership Centre Website

In honor of Mwalimu Nyerere and Makerere University celebrating 100 years, The Julius Nyerere Leadership Centre (JNLC) hosted a symposium at Makerere University on the 13th and 14th of October 2022. The symposium brought together a diverse gathering of participants from all over the continent to pay homage to Mwalimu Nyerere, a great African freedom fighter, and a visionary leader.

Makerere, JNLC leaders, and the High Commissioner of Tanzania kicked off the event. In her welcome speech, Mrs Lorna Magara, Chair of the Makerere University Council, expressed the hope that the discussions at the symposium would provide the practical leadership and technical skills required to secure a more self-sufficient, youth-led political and development agenda. Professor Eddy Maloka, CEO of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) gave the keynote address, a comprehensive history lesson on Africa’s independence which served as a reminder to learn from Mwalimu Nyerere as we regenerate Africa. Mzee Joseph Butiku who served as the principal private secretary to Nyerere and Ms. Neema Nyerere-Drago, Mwalimu Nyerere’s niece gave him a fitting tribute. “It is a great honor for our family to witness Mwalimu’s respect in Uganda. It is humbling to see the continuity of his ideas, which we as a family also live by,” she said.

Hon. Kahinda Otafiire Minister of Internal Affairs represented His Excellency, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni encouraging young people to rescue Africa’s resources, reduce our dependence on outside forces and harness our knowledge for our own advantage. In addition to heartfelt tributes, panel discussions and cross-generational conversations the event also featured a colorful fashion show, traditional dancers, and an art exhibition. The FG Foundation recognized the significance of supporting the event because the centre’s mission of developing a lasting legacy platform for knowledge production and leadership development aligns perfectly with our vision

of cultivating a community of socially conscious individuals committed to transforming their communities. Our contribution to the event reflects our commitment to advancing this shared vision and promoting sustainable growth and progress across African communities.

The Julius Nyerere Leadership Centre was established on the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and is jointly hosted by Makerere University (MAK) and Uganda Management Institute (UMI).

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