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John Magufuli | Why does Magufulification of Africa Matter?

You cant mention the words ‘Magufulification of Africa’ (an Inspiring Talk by Prof. PLO Lumumba at Nkrumah Hall, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) without having Dr. John Magufuli in mind.

And when some dudes in Zimbabwe (New Zimbabwe, January 10, 2016, cited in Mhango, 2018) coined the term Magufulification, I did not know that the term would become a buzzword.

The term was coined a few months after Tanzania president John Pombe Magufuli came to power and did things in a very different manner and spirit. Magufuli’s mantra has always been: Africa can and should.

Of course, after taking the oath of office, not many took Magufuli seriously. Simply, because many postcolonial African governments became a total bomb minus Botswana, Mauritius, and Seychelles. Practically, freedom to many African countries are endemic and systemic beggarliness, dependence, and thuggery.

Who is John Magufuli?

Dr. John Magufuli was born John Joseph Magufuli on 29th October 1959. He is the current president of Tanzania since taking an oath of office in 2015. He was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 1995 and also serving as Deputy Minister of Works from 1995 to 2000.

Since Magufuli came to power in October, he has become vocal, and his impact has been felt by the local population in various provinces of Tanzania. He has been nicknamed “the Bulldozer” for his leadership style.

John Magufuli

After taking the office, he has captured regional and international attention. And be that as it may, his activity and zeal, for example, is making headlines in major newspapers from East Africa to as far as Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Then again, his name and praises are all over in social media. For instance, a hilarious Twitter hashtag ‘#WhatWouldMagufuliDo’ that has taken social media by storm. Furthermore, a new verb has been coined too; “magufulify.

Meaning “to make something faster and cheaper” and “to deprive public officials of their capacity to enjoy life on taxpayer’s expense”.

What does the Magufulification of Africa mean?

While many people wrongly thought that Magufuli’s manner of doing things was a passing cloud, being a rara avis and rare breed, Magufuli has proved them wrong. Magufuli has held that Tanzania in particular Africa, in general, are not supposed to beg.

He has said that Tanzania is not going to beg while it sits on humongous natural resources of value. To prove his point, Magufuli has never neither toured the West nor Asia in the mission of begging. Instead, he has increased revenue collection as he embarked on the industrialization of Tanzania.

Magufulification of Africa

As if this is not enough, Magufuli has practically taken on corruption, laziness, and embezzlement of public resources. He does not spend any money on public holidays.

According to Magufuli, Nations survive on begging while sitting on colossal natural resources of value. Actually, Independence in Africa was nothing but the replacement of one type of colonialism with another.

Why is John Magufuli the African President?

External colonizers were shown the door to allow internal ones to replace them. And as a result, perfecting the squandering of almost everything that Africans fought hard for.

While enabling Tanzanians to produce more competitively and efficiently, Magufuli is making Tanzania a middle-income country (MIC). What more can we learn from the leadership of John Pombe Magufuli?

1. Readily Available Resources

So to say, Africa needs able leadership that can marshal people and resources around investing in the future for self-reliance instead of begging.

As an example, Dr. John Magufuli has turned Tanzania into a huge and active workshop. Wherein mammoth projects are taking shape such as;

  1. First, the construction of Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)
  2. Secondly, the expansion of the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport
  3. Then, the construction of the Stiegler’s Gorge Hydroelectric Dam
  4. Not to mention, the construction of many roads and port expansion has taken place
  5. Lastly, he moved the capital from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma

These have translated into Tanzania becoming the economic powerhouse of the region.

Despite facing resistance from abroad, Dr. John Magufuli has stood his ground in constructing the Stiegler’s Gorge Hydroelectric Dam. With the aim of bringing the price of electricity in the county down.

2. Electrification of Tanzania 

Eventually, even before the completion of the Stiegler’s Gorge Hydroelectric Dam project, the Rural Electrical Agency (REA) had already embarked on the electrification of Tanzania. Especially under the oversight of Magufuli.

According to Xinhua (February 20, 2019), the program aims at connecting more than 2.5 million Tanzanian households. Particularly, in rural areas to the national electricity grid over the next 5 years.

3. Aviation Industry

By the same token, Dr. John Magufuli has bought a couple of brand-new airplanes. In that case, reviving the national carrier, the defunct Air Tanzania.

Up until now, the Air Tanzania Ltd has the fleet of two 787-8 Dreamliner. In addition, there are already two Airbus A220-300 jets and three DHC Dash 8-400 aircraft. Formerly known as the Bombardier Q400 turboprop and all paid in cash.

On that note, Magufuli still believes that Africa needs to have its own airplanes. In order to attract and transport its people and tourists visiting Africa. He also wants to see Air Tanzania Ltd compete with other international airlines.

4. Economic Growth

Equally important, to effectively, effectually, and freely move goods and people, Dr. John Magufuli has already revivified the Dar-Arusha railway. And the central one that soon will be replaced by the SGR thereby links Tanzania with Burundi. As well as the DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda after completion.

Magufuli has enacted a new style of running the country based on hire and fire to see to it that public officers deliver. Leading by example, he has competently managed public finances and resources.

For example, in 2017, Magufuli banned the export of mineral sands. Arguing that companies dealing with minerals should have smelters in the country. He thereby, put a stop on mineral smuggling. By ordering the creation of local mineral trading centers in mineral-producing regions.

5. Exemplary Leadership

Up until now, Magufuli’s efforts have paid dividends. And for the first time, Tanzania has experienced an upwelling in revenue collection.

Notwithstanding, Tanzania revenues rose by 12.7 percent in the first half of the fiscal year. Compared to the same period a year ago as collection improved. This is according to Reuters, 2017.

It is important to realize, the Tanzania Revenue Authority collected TZS 1.767 trillion in September 2019. The amount was an increase of 29.18 percent from TZS 1.335 trillion in August. This is according to the report on October 2, 2019.

What’s More? John Magufuli declares Tanzania free of Covid-19

As a matter of fact, Dr. John Magufuli was the first African President to declare the country “Coronavirus” free thanks to prayers by citizens.

“The corona disease has been eliminated thanks to God,” Dr. John Magufuli told worshippers in a church in the capital, Dodoma. Bearing in mind, the World Health Organization (in short WHO) had expressed several concerns.  In particular, over the government’s strategy on COVID-19.

This is barely after the government had stopped publishing data on the number of coronavirus cases in the country. Whereas on 29 April, the last day official data was released, and there were 509 cases, with 21 deaths in Tanzania.

Yet, Mr. Magufuli said the previous week that only four patients were receiving treatment in the largest city, Dar es Salaam. And as of May 2020, the Tanzanian government dismissed a US embassy warning.

Basically, that hospital in Dar es Salaam was “overwhelmed” and that the chances of contracting the virus were “extremely high”. And on a clear note, Dr. John Magufuli has repeatedly said the health crisis has been exaggerated.

While urging people to attend services in churches and mosques, saying that prayers “can vanquish” the virus.


In sum, as was former US president, Barack Obama’s slogan, yes, we can, if Africa gets adept and devoted leaders like JPM, as Magufuli is famously known in Tanzania, to Magufulify Africa, it can and does not have any logical reason to become a perpetual beggar while it sits on humongous resources of value.

This is the story of the Magufulification that Africa needs to study and learn from. Again, is Africa ready to learn? This is the story for another day.

Finally, Do you think Dr. John Magufuli is a good example of an African leader? Please share your views and thoughts in the comments section. You can also Contact Us with any additional information.

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