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Benjamin Mkapa was born on November 12th, 1938 at Masasi, Mtwara Region. Between 1945 and 1951 he attended primary school at Lupaso and Ndanda Schools where he attained a Standard Eight Cerificate. He was at Kigonsera Seminary between 1952 and 1953, before moving to Ndanda Secondary School for his Ordinary Level Secondary Education. Mkapa, thereafter, moved to Saint Francis College (now Pugu Secondary School) for Advanced Level in Secondary Education where he was awarded with a Cambridge School Certificate. From 1959 to 1962 he was at Makerere University College in Uganda and obtained Preliminary Arts (1959) and Bachelor of Arts Degree
(Hons) in English (1962).


APRIL 1962: Appointed Adminstrative officer Dodoma.
APRIL 1962: District officer.
AUGUST 1962: Foreign Service Officer
MAY 1966: Managing Editor, The Nationalist Uhuru
APRIL 1972: Managing Editor, The Daily News
JULY 1974: Press Secretary to the President
JULY 1976: Founding Editor, Tanzania News Agency (SHIHATA)
OCTOBER 1976: High Commissioner to Nigeria
FEBRUARY 1977: Minister for Foreign Affairs
NOVEMBER 1980: Minister for Information and Culture
APRIL 1982: High Commissioner to Canada
FEBRUARY 1983: Ambassador to the USA
APRIL 1984: Minister for Foreign Affairs
1990: Minister for Information and Broadcasting
MAY 1992: Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education
NOVEMBER 1995: Elected President of the United Republic of Tanzania

February 2001 _ The Good Will Ambassadors group from Delray Beach Florida met with the President of the United Republic of Tanzania and the First Lady at the Predential Palace in Dar-es-Salaam.