The 1960s saw the majority of Europe’s colonies in Africa attain independence. These countries in turn rallied around pan-Africanist ideals of complete political independence for all African people as the ‘first liberation’ and most immediate priority. However, a ‘second liberation’ around economic autonomy was also espoused. 50 years on, this has not yet been achieved – with communities decrying neo-colonialism, states fighting trans-/multi-national corporations and the so-called ‘brain-drain’, and the economic infrastructure still geared towards exporting raw materials, that combined leave Africa worse off today than at independence relative to global living standards. The exploitative economic system that underpinned colonialism remains alive and well today. The African continent needs a second liberation to economically empower its indigenous majority who have been marginalized by Western capitals and corporations for centuries. What can be done to address these challenges?

UONGOZI Institute in collaboration with the Department of Political Science, University of Dar es Salaam organised a public Lecture by Dr. Tariq Ali on the 21st December, 2017 at the University of Dar es Salaam, Nkrumah Hall.

The public lecture aimed to contribute to broader debates on the philosophical principles that guide our aspirations as Africans, and the frameworks we put in place to meet them. As a prominent global figure of the political Left, Dr. Tariq Ali will led this public engagement, where he challenged participants to reconsider the achievements of the Left, their failures, and the lessons for developing countries going forward.