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A Revolution of African Independence: Freedom from dependence on foreign aid and gaining true independence
Public Lecture, Center for the Study of Human Relations

April 04, 2013

The poorest continent on earth: Africa.

For many countries in Africa, despite winning nominal independence through the 1960s, a state economic colonialism by advanced economies cannot be denied even forty to fifty years later.

The extreme lack of job openings means that for many that want to work employment is unavailable. The clear need of the people of Africa is development of industry and jobs and not mere financial aid.

Viewed as psychological and economic colonies, my hope for the countries of Africa and my mission in life is a true revolution of African independence where African people have pride in running their countries themselves.

Specifically, this includes work on 25 years of development from 1987 in the poorest primary industry, the fisheries of Zanzibar, and from 1999, working with a goal of fueling the country’s economy not on raw resources, but through export of African-made products to bring foreign currency to local markets.

I have also been involved in developing Japanese Judo in Zanzibar from scratch over the last 20 years, forging strength of mind and body and giving pride in life to young African judoka.

On the other side, I have been part of promoting Tanzanian Tingatinga art in Japan to create avenues for cultural exchange between Japan and Africa in areas of pride for the respective countries.

Everyone has a role to play and a destiny to fulfill.

I would like to share on the importance of meditating on what your personal contribution on the earth will be and then building up the courage to live your life to fulfill that goal.

[ Date/time ] Wednesday May 8, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
[ Venue ] Classroom DB1, Building D, Nagoya Campus, Nanzan University
[ Speaker ] Tsuyoshi Shimaoka
[ Speaker Profile ] Tsuyoshi is a revolutionary seeking independence for the nations of Africa from reliance on foreign aid.
Born in 1963 in Yokohama.
After leaving university to determine a base for a revolution of African independence, he traveled as a freelance writer for about five years passing through 54 countries.
Married in 1987.
In the same year he and his wife, Yumiko, moved to Africa and established a base for their work in Zanzibar in Tanzania.
With his vision, “To increase opportunities for employment for the people living in the nations of Africa, the poorest continent on the Earth, and assist them in gaining true psychological and economic independence,” he has labored to the present to develop project in fisheries, logistics, import/export and other industries.
He began free lessons in Japanese Judo in 1992 and while acting as the head of the Zanzibar Judo Association, the official National Coach of Tanzania and Sports Director for East African Judo, he has also actively introduced Tanzanian Tingatinga art to Japan. Every year from 2008 Tsuyoshi has hosted Tingatinga exhibitions in Japan and supported artists to improve the state of the arts. These efforts have helped create a bridge for cultural exchange between Japan and Tanzania.
[ Topic ] A Revolution of African Independence: Freedom from dependence on foreign aid and gaining true independence
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