One of the founding fathers of the African Union, then called the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) he was also the first African leader to lead an independent African nation-with the exception of Ethiopia which had never been colonised.
From postage stamps with his face in Russia, roads called by his name in Zimbabwe, billboards with his quotes in Zambia, honourary degrees awarded by Universities in Egypt, Poland, Germany, Russia and America among others, statues erected in his honour in Ghana and at the African Union building in Ethiopia-the greatness and good repute of this man is one that can not be overstated.
A snippet of the great thoughts that came out of the great mind of this great man.
‘We are going to see that we create our own African personality and identity. We again rededicate ourselves in the struggle to emancipate other countries in Africa; for our independence is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of the African continent.’
“Revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought.”
“Freedom is not something that one people can bestow on another as a gift. Thy claim it as their own and none can keep it from them.”
“Africa is a paradox which illustrates and highlights neo-colonialism. Her earth is rich, yet the products that come from above and below the soil continue to enrich, not Africans predominantly, but groups and individuals who operate to Africa’s impoverishment.”
“In the era of neocolonialism, under-development is still attributed not to exploitation but to inferiority, and racial undertones remain closely interwoven with the class struggle.”
“There is a tide in the affairs of every people when the moment strikes for political action. Such was the moment in the history of the United States of America when the Founding Fathers saw beyond the petty wranglings of the separate states and created a Union. This is our chance. We must act now. Tomorrow may be too late and the opportunity will have passed, and with it the hope of free Africa’s survival.”
“Capitalism is a development by refinement from feudalism, just as feudalism is development by refinement from slavery. Capitalism is but the gentlemen’s method of slavery.”
A true Pan-Africanist-calling for the unity of Africa in fighting colonialism and neo-colonialism, in building our countries out of poverty, in utilising our vast mineral wealth for our own development, in taking pride in our great wealth of indigenous knowledge, diverse language and rich cultures-today I salute him.
Indeed Kwame Nkrumah is alive!