Category Archives: Sir AbubakaTafawa Balewa

When life was simple -TAFAWA BALEWA

SIR ABUBAKAR TAFAWA TOOK HIS ONLY ANNUAL LEAVE IN 1963 WHICH HE DECIDED TO SPEND IN HIS VILLAGE.
A BRITISH PHOTO JOURNALIST CAME CALLING, BUT WAS TOLD THE PM IS ON VACATION. HE ASKED TO WHICH COUNTRY, BUT WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR HIS VILLAGE.
ON GETTING TO THE VILLAGE, THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OR PARAPHENLIA TO SHOW A BIG MAN WAS THERE, EVERYONE WAS BUSY WITH THEIR CHORES.
HE MET A FARMER WITH HIS DONKEY CARRYING BALES OF SUGARCANE, FOR THE PMS HOME, AND HE WAS UTTERLY SPEECHLESS WHEN THE FARMER SAID, I JUST LEFT HIM, YOU WILL SEE HIM SITTING ON BARE FLOOR WITH HIS KIDS DRINKING SUGAR CANE THAT I GAVE THEM. HE MET THEM LIKE THAT AND TOOK THIS PIX — (http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-365780.0.html). WHAT AN EPITOME OF SIMPLICITY AND HUMILITY….”

Along the same lines this quote from Nelson Mandela’s Autobiography ‘Long Walk to Freedom’: “We arrived in Dar es Salaam the next day and I met Julius Nyerere, the newly independent country’s first president. We talked at his house, which was not at all grand, and recall that he drove himself in a simple car, a little Austin. This impressed me, for it suggested that he was a man of the people. Class, Nyerere always insisted, was alien to Africa; socialism indigenous ” (page 245).