Journal 6

The death of a nation results in the creation of another, with perhaps new if not modified goals, but all in all to identify themselves as a people. The new nation(s), however, are not guaranteed an easy success. We have seen South Sudan, for example, still struggling to put the dots together. Things could get messier as was the case with Somalia since 1991 after the fall of Mohamed Siad Barre.

Should this happen to the Tanzania Union, it means we’d welcome the rebirth of two nations – Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Some people would question my wording here as to whether Tanganyika and Zanzibar, as separate states, would really be new in world politics. This is a contentious matter, with its solution depending on the lenses one would use to look at it.

The future, however, is not guaranteed. Evidence exists to support the case that once separation occurs, it will perpetually haunt the community to infinity. There could happen further attempts at secession and the anticipated economic prosperity will be far away to be realized in a short run. In regard to the Tanganyika-Zanzibar situation, there exists the danger of further claims for the dissatisfied Pemba island to seek autonomy from independent Zanzibar. Moreover there could happen struggles between the Arab and Indian-like Zanzibaris and dark ones. Tanganyika too is not immune to those problems.

This is what I mean by the nation’s complex future as I posted in last week’s journal in the concluding section. Subject to changes as they’d deem fit, I will adopt this model in concluding my paper. Suggestions are welcome.

One comment on “Journal 6

  1. kendhammer on said:


    So what are the prospects for an independent Zanzibar? What does the history of successful and unsuccessful efforts at secession in Africa tell us? Who would win? Lose?

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