Thousands gather for Nelson Mandela's funeral in South Africa

QUNU, South Africa, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Thousands of mourners gathered in South Africa's Eastern Cape Sunday for the funeral of anti-apartheid activist and former President Nelson Mandela.

$6,170 reward offered for information on Tanzania acid attack

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Zanzibar police said there is a $6,170 reward for information leading to the capture of attackers who threw acid at two teenage girls.

Obama ends visit to Africa honoring U.S. Embassy bombing victims

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 2 (UPI) -- President Obama ended his African tour Tuesday with a ceremony honoring victims of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings and voiced confidence about Africa's future.

Obama tells business roundtable: Africa next economic success story

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 1 (UPI) -- Calling Africa the world's "next major economic success story," President Obama said the United States want to share in that success.

Obama schedule for Monday, July 1

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- President Obama and the first family leave South Africa for Tanzania, the final stop on their African trip, the White House said Monday.

Eight arrested in Tanzania church bombing

ARUSHA, Tanzania, May 6 (UPI) -- Eight people, four Tanzanians and four Saudi nationals, were arrested Monday following a church bombing in the Tanzanian city of Arusha, police said.

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UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed an offer from Tanzania to contribute troops to a neutral force that could be deployed to the DRC.
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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, April 10 (UPI) -- More than 30,000 mourners turned out Tuesday for the funeral of Tanzanian film star Steven Kanumba, who died during the weekend, officials said.
Nobel peace laureate Wangari Maathai dies

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Tanzania goes after killers of albinos

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Gadhafi elected African Union leader

Gadhafi elected African Union leader

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi has assumed the chairmanship of the 53-nation African Union, a spokeswoman says.
U.N. drums up support for Africa

U.N. drums up support for Africa

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The head of the African Union says the United Nations will reaffirm its support for an ambitious development program for Africa.
Africans, G8 disagree on Zimbabwe

Africans, G8 disagree on Zimbabwe

TOYAKO, Japan, July 8 (UPI) -- African Union nations and the Group of Eight leaders meeting Tuesday in Japan failed to agree on how strongly to deal with the situation in Zimbabwe.

President Bush decorates leaders' feet

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush presented Tanzania's president with a pair of Shaquille O'Neal's basketball sneakers Sunday in Dar Es Salaam.
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Jakaya Kikwete
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) hosts Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on August 29, 2008. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (born October 7, 1950) is a Tanzanian politician and current President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Kikwete was born in Msonga, Bagamoyo District, Tanganyika in present day Tanzania. Kikwete was also the Chairperson of the African Union from 31 January 2008 to 2 February 2009.

Kikwete grew up witnessing the exercise of leadership by his grandfather Mrisho Kikwete as a local chief and father as a District Commissioner in colonial Tanganyika and Regional Administrative Secretary and an Ombudsman in post-colonial Tanganyika and the United Republic of Tanzania. He spent part of his childhood moving from one area of country to another as his father was transferred to different outposts. He also spent a better part of his childhood in the village under the guidance of his grandfather. Kikwete became a natural choice for leadership in school and later in the party (TANU and CCM) youth movements.

His leadership talents emerged at early stages in life. He was a student leader both in middle and secondary schools and at the University of Dar es Salaam. He was elected Chairman of the Students Council at Kibaha Secondary School and Deputy Head Prefect at Tanga Secondary School. He became very active in student politics at University. He was eventually elected Vice President of the Dar es Salaam University Students Organisation and de-facto President of the student government at the Main Campus in 1973/74. As a student leader, he spearheaded efforts to fight for student's rights and welfare. He was in the forefront in bringing about awareness and activism in liberation and anti-apartheid politics in the campus and the University community at large. He represented the Dar es Salaam University students and the students and youths of the African continent in several international conferences. Among such meetings were the International Youth Population Conference in 1974 in Bucharest, Romania.

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