WEBBY KALIKITI was watching television in his apartment in
It was spontaneous, the way German politicians on either side of the wall reacted, Dr. Kalikiti recalls. He was a student of history at Paris7 University in
Dr. Kalikiti, now a lecturer of European history at the
“Since the collapse of the wall, Germans are now free to engage in world affairs in the attempt to bring world peace,” Dr. Kalikiti said, pointing to
“They have been the largest contributor of the resources to the EU,” Dr. Kalikiti said.
Prior to the Wall's erection, 3.5 million East Germans had been tempted to escape into West Germany, many over the border between East and West Berlin.
During its existence from 1961 to 1989, the Wall stopped most such migration and detached
Dr. Kalikiti said
“It was a change that came with breaking up of the
He said it was a reflection of what was happening when the
“East Germans saw what had happened in
After many weeks of civil agitation, the East German government was forced to proclaim on November 9, 1989, that all GDR citizens could visit
The announcement prompted crowds of East Germans to go up and cross the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere.
According to Dr Kalikiti, “
The collapse of the wall has given
He cited the
He added, “A united
Dr. Kalikiti said
For countries like
At UNZA, the schools of mines, economics, and development studies have benefited from training in
Mr. Mulenga said a united
“Through out history,
Nigerian journalist and artiste Olayinka Oyegbile whose birthday coincides with the day of German unification says, “I think the unification of
You may be German, British or African, the one uniting force is that we are all human. As an artiste the unification for me represents the power of arts. German writers such as Gunther Grass signify this.”
Mr. Oyegbile who was in
The city was divided for several years under two ideologically opposed powers and yet it is now united without any difference between East and West Germans. This is a big lesson that we can also be one as Africans.”
Sara Bakata, a Kenyan journalist who visited
There was no HauphBan Hof (biggest train station in Berlin), half of Potsdamer Platz (shopping mall) was still under construction, the wall Berlin wall still standing in most places but with tourists still chipping away at it for a piece of history.”
She said politically, there were still strong divisions of Leftists, Conservatives, Liberals and everything in between.
”There was a vibrancy to the city, with ever increasing numbers of tourists visiting the half-closed-for-renovation historical buildings dotting the city from the parliament buildings, to the
She said politically, it was also the time that the seat of government had just moved from
“This added to the flurry of buildings coming up as most foreign missions rushed to construct embassies and High Commissions.
Socially, the country itself was just adjusting to its central location in
But beneath all this also were the media reports of Xenophobic attacks of foreigners in predominantly neo-Nazi neighbourhoods.
As visiting foreign students, my group was well warned to avoid such neighbourhoods, always walk in groups, especially at night and not to get into any altercation with aggressive individuals or groups of people. So deserted U-Bahns and bus stops were out of the question.
On her second visit to
“New sparkling buildings, almost all foreign embassies were now in
The coalition government concept was heavily borrowed by
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has who swept back to power in after the September 27 election, will now open talks with the liberal Free Democrats (FDP).
She believes a coalition between them and her centre-right CDU/CSU bloc offers the best chance for recovery.
Her previous coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD) suffered their worst election performance for decades.
Ms Bakata suggested the German mission in
She said this went on to prove that
”This means the policies of the old German and the new German had not changed much, since the government of the day still had the same influence in countries such as Kenya,”
”By 2009, on my third visit to
In 2000, hardly any German wanted to speak English, even after we were assured that the language is well understood and spoken, and that we would have no problems communicating in public.
In 2009, most of the talk in trains, shops, restaurants and even bars was in English!
The city itself had acquired younger inhabitants, there were always groups of young happy people, going about their business, new foreign stores had come to town to add to the already high quality German stores.
UNZA lecturer of history, Friday Mulenga, said the unification of
“It is not good to divide people who are the same like the case of
As the Germans toast their unification, they will be doing so knowing that some countries in Europe did not want to see the two Germans re-united because of the First and
But it is history and
“Our special commitment to