The Last Banana: Dancing with the Watu Shelby Tucker

ISBN: 9781906768218

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373 pages


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The Last Banana: Dancing with the Watu  by  Shelby Tucker

The Last Banana: Dancing with the Watu by Shelby Tucker
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The Last Banana began when the author visited his university friend Marios Ghikas, whose family farmed in Tanzania. Anticipating nationalization, Marios invited Tucker to visit again to help him spend the last banana of his unremittable fortune,MoreThe Last Banana began when the author visited his university friend Marios Ghikas, whose family farmed in Tanzania. Anticipating nationalization, Marios invited Tucker to visit again to help him spend the last banana of his unremittable fortune, and Tucker returned in 1972. These were the first of 16 African trips spanning 43 years.

There were 180 Greeks in Chaggaland, but Nyereres policy of returning land to the watu people destroyed this community. Three stayed on- Marios was one. In this absorbing and elegantly written book, Tucker recalls conditions in equatorial Africa before the European scramble for colonies. He reminds us of Livingstones vision of ending the slave trade by bringing the 3 Cs (Commerce, Christianity and Civilization) to the interior of Africa and suggests that Greek settlement in Africa was an important, part of fulfilling this vision - a story previously untold in English.

Tucker contrasts the moral force and fruits of the pioneer missionaries and explorers who brought Christianity to Africa with the triviality of modern travel and the surrealism of democracy and freedom expounded in Africa today.



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