Shelby Tucker first went to East Africa in 1967, arriving by sea to visit his Oxford contemporary Marios Ghikas who then farmed on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. Ghikas’ grandfather had been one of the first of many Greeks to settle in what was then German East Africa, yet Nyerere’s policy of returning land to the watu destroyed this community. Three stayed on. Marios was one. Anticipating nationalisation, he invited Tucker to visit again to help him spend the ‘last banana of his unremittable fortune’. Tucker returned in 1972, travelling overland. These were the first of 16 trips spanning 43 years that he has made to Africa. In The Last Banana Tucker, himself the descendent of slave owners, 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 expounded in Africa today.
Publisher: Stacey International; First Edition edition
Publication date: 21 Mar. 2010
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