East Africa: Up from Grass Roots

Not all the emerging leaders of Africa are as pretentious as Ghana's Nkrumah or as meddlesome as Egypt's Nasser. Across the continent from Casablanca, Tanganyika's Chief Minister Julius Nyerere sat in his sun-splashed and flyspecked capital of Dar es Salaam and contentedly contemplated his steady progress toward the day when Britain's East African possessions—his own mandated Tanganyika, plus Uganda and Kenya to the north and the offshore islands of Zanzibar—will be able to form a self-governing, independent Federation of East Africa.

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