Julius Nyerere is undoubtedly one of the greatest leaders to have come out of Africa. The Tanzanian former president was the head of state of Tanzania between 1964 and 1985. Although Julius was in charge of Tanzania, he voluntarily stepped down after over 20 years of being in charge of the East African nation. This, therefore makes him one of the few African presidents to step down after being in a position of power for over two decades.
Julius Nyerere became the president of Tanzania when the country was still known as Tanganyika. This took place in 1961 at the independence of Tanganyika. After being in charge of Tanganyika for three years, he brought about the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar which brought about Tanzania as we know it today.
Julius Nyerere was born on the 13th of April, 1922 and died on the 22nd of October, 1999. He was born in Mwitongo and had 25 siblings. As a result of the fact that Julius was born to a chief, he was able to afford some privileges that were not open to the average Tanzanian at that time. One of this privileges was schooling. Nyerere excelled at school and this made him skip a grade after spending just six months in school.
Julius Nyerere will be remembered by the people of Tanzania, as well as Africa at large for many things. However, most popular of them is the fact that he voluntarily left office without any violence.