UHURU, UMOJA, AMANI NA MSHIKAMANO

This is a very cool kanga depicting leaders of African Independence from all over the continent. It is probably about ten+  years old and has some bleach stains on it. To me the colors and geometric design seem to resemble West African textiles, possibly to evoke a more Pan-African feel, rather than East African. Like the kanga posted on March 17, 2017, this one was printed by the (now closed) African Pride Textile Mills in Dar es Salaam. Both kangas were also designed by Histori-Kali. Do you recognize any of the leaders? Well known to any Tanzanian or anyone who has spent more than a few days here, the image of Julius Nyerere is prominent.  It took me some time with google images to identify everyone, but I was able to list all below.

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English translation: Freedom, Unity, Peace and Solidarity

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Top three across from left: Kwame Nkrumah – Ghana, Ahmed Sekou Torre – Guinea, Gamal Abdel Nasser – Egypt. In the circle from top clockwise: Haile Selassie – Ethiopia, Jomo Kenyatta – Kenya, Julius Nyerere – Tanzania, Hastings Banda – Malawi, Kenneth Kaunda – Zambia, Patrice Lumumba – DR Congo, Milton Obote – Uganda

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