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COMMEMORATION: Zanzibar's first President Karume remembered

April 7, 2024 9:00
COMMEMORATION:  Zanzibar's first President Karume remembered
Credit: Ifakara Communications Unit

Karume Day is a national holiday in Tanzania, observed on April 7th to commemorate the life and contributions of Abeid Amani Karume, the 1st President of Zanzibar. 

Born in August 1905, Abeid Karume rose from humble beginnings to become a central figure in the Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP), which played a significant role in advocating for Zanzibar's freedom from British colonialism.

His leadership during the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution was pivotal in establishing the island's independence. 

Sadly, Karume's life was cut short when he was assassinated on April 7, 1972. The following year, the Tanzanian government inaugurated Karume Day to honor his legacy, celebrated annually on April 7. 

This day is not only a reflection on Karume's contributions to education, healthcare, and agriculture but also a celebration of Zanzibar's rich cultural heritage.