Mwl. J.K. Nyerere Memorial House

Quick facts:

Region: Dar es Salaam

Access: By road

Attractions: Artifact, history

Activities: Gallery walk, history

Accommodation: Available nearby

Best time to visit: All year round

In the same street, was also home to some of the country's pioneers, including Abasi Kandoro, Amiri Abeid Kalluta, Rashid Kawawa, Mzee Songambele, Lucy Lameck (the first female minister in Tanzania) and John Rupia

Mwalimu Nyerere, the founding father of the nation, resided at this house after resigning from teaching at the St. Francis Secondary School, currently known as Pugu Secondary School found in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam city. He built this house around the 1950s and he lived here, with his family, for 8 months until he was appointed the first Prime Minister of Tanganyika in 1961, a position he held for just about 6 weeks before resigning in January 1962. Although Mwalimu and Mama Maria Nyerere had 7 kids, only 5 were present at the time when Mwalimu was living in this house

The house has a number of artifacts and furniture that were used by Mwalimu and his family when he was living there. Some of these include radios, sofas, beds, kitchen utensils and a number of pictures on a gallery walk (mostly of his activities during freedom fighting and after freedom)

The house, located at 2 Ifunda Road, Magomeni Usalama, was used for various ‘covert’ meetings on how to end colonial rule in Tanganyika. In the same street the house is located, was also home to some of the country’s pioneers, including Abasi Kandoro, Amiri Abeid Kalluta, Rashid Kawawa, Mzee Songambele, Lucy Lameck (the first female minister in Tanzania) and John Rupia

Mwalimu Nyerere, the founding father of the nation, resided at this house after resigning from teaching at the St. Francis Secondary School, currently known as Pugu Secondary School found in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam city. He built this house around the 1950s and he lived here, with his family, for 8 months until he was appointed the first Prime Minister of Tanganyika in 1961, a position he held for just about 6 weeks before resigning in January 1962. Although Mwalimu and Mama Maria Nyerere had 7 kids, only 5 were present at the time when Mwalimu was living in this house

The house has a number of artifacts and furniture that were used

by Mwalimu and his family when he was living there. Some of these include radios, sofas, beds, kitchen utensils and a number of pictures on a gallery walk (mostly of his activities during freedom fighting and after freedom)

The house, located at 2 Ifunda Road, Magomeni Usalama, was used for various ‘covert’ meetings on how to end colonial rule in Tanganyika. In the same street the house is located, was also home to some of the country’s pioneers, including Abasi Kandoro, Amiri Abeid Kalluta, Rashid Kawawa, Mzee Songambele, Lucy Lameck (the first female minister in Tanzania) and John Rupia

The house, located at 2 Ifunda Road, Magomeni Usalama, was used for various covert meetings on how to end colonial rule in Tanganyika

Interesting facts about Mwl. J.K. Nyerere

  • Revered as “Father of the Nation” for securing independence for Tanganyika from Britain in 1961
  • Nyerere served as Tanganyika’s prime minister only for 6 weeks (9 December 1960 – 22 January 1961) before stepping down to focus more on building TANU upcountry
  • In 1962, Nyerere became the first president of Tanganyika. Two years later, he oversaw the union of Tanganyika with Zanzibar to create Tanzania. He governed Tanzania for 23 years before willingly stepping down in 1985
  • Nyerere was a committed Catholic who regularly went to Mass and translated sections of the Bible into his Zanaki language. Additionally, he translated Shakespeare’s plays “Julius Caesar” and “The Merchant of Venice” into Kiswahili
  • After assuming power, Nyerere prohibited the existence of any other political parties and advocated for socialist policies and he was accused of causing economic hardship in the agriculture-focused economy
  • In 1949, he got the opportunity to study at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, where he pursued a Master’s degree in History and Economics. He graduated in 1952 and became the first Tanzanian to study at a university in the UK and the second Tanzanian to earn a higher education degree outside Tanzania

Getting to Mwl. J.K. Nyerere Memorial House

The memorial house is found just a few kilometres from Dar es Salaam’s city centre in an area called Magomeni. You may visit by road using public transport or private means of transport. On the road are several signages that when followed will lead you to the house. You may also ask the locals for direction should you get lost and they’ll help

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