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Growing Up With Tanzania

Memories, Musings and Maths

by Karim Hirji

In Growing up with Tanzania. Karim Hirji, a renowned Professor of Medical Statistics and Fellow of the Tanzania Academy of Science, presents a multi-faceted, evocative portrait of his joyous but conflicted passage to adulthood during colonial and early-Uhuru Tanzania. His smooth style engages the reader with absorbing true tales, cultural currents, critical commentary and progressive possibilities. By vibrantly contrasting the hope-filled sixties with the cynical modern era, he also lays bare the paradoxes of personal life and society, past and present.

ISBN 9789987082230 | 302 pages | 229 x 152mm | 2014 | Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, Tanzania | Paperback


eBook ISBN: 9789987753000


"Growing Up With Tanzania is more than a personal story; it is also that of the birth of a nation and a vision. Rich with anecdotes and an amazing cast of real life characters, this thrilling memoir is an aesthetically satisfying mix of memory, musings, meditations and mathematics. People in all walks of life, young and old, must read it. They will never look at numbers the same way."

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Eminent African Novelist, Poet, Playwright, Activist, Scholar

"Growing Up With Tanzania is a refreshingly detailed memoir that sees Karim Hirji’s evolution from ‘life in a brown cocoon’ into a world citizen in a process moulded by societal dialectics, exemplary icons, devoted teachers and mathematics. Brimming with love for his country, yet also reflecting his profound pain at its current malaise, it is tempered with solutions which stand to benefit nations beyond his own."

Zarina Patel Kenyan Author, Activist Manging Editor, AwaaZ Magazine

"This memoir is very much a personal journey seen from the eyes of an Asian growing up in Tanganyika/Tanzania during a period of great change. It pro­vides a rare glimpse of the Ismaili community and its cohesiveness. The Aga Khan has played a fundamental role in directing the life of its followers and there is no doubt that Hirji is very much a product of that community. There is much to recommend his account, particularly his musings on education and mathematics."

Shamshad Cockcroft, Tanzanian Affairs



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