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Africa – Malawi Should Not forget Freedom Fighters

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John Chilebwe

John Chilebwe Malawi's Freedom fighter

Why Africa should not forget freedon fighters

“AFRICA is our own motherland, Fashion’d with and blessed by God’s good hand,Let us all her people join as one, Brothers under the sun. All one, strong and free,” So goes the second stanza of Malawi’s’ s national anthem.

The concept of Africans joining as one does not merely refer to the union of its states but also the input of all African countries in liberating the continent.

The African continent was for millennia subjected to oppression, first it was 500 years of the most brutal suffering known to humanity.

Slavery and its trade of Africans rocked the continent and cost it an excess of 100,000,000 of her people.

After slavery lost its profitability and it was banned, the West found other ways of gaining from the continent’s vast resources.

Colonialism was the new venture and this was done by partitioning Africa and splitting it like the cloth of Jesus.

Africa became a mere business to suit imperialists like Leopold who is said to have killed and butchered natives in Belgium Congo in a manner akin to the killing of flies.

The Berlin act benefited only Europe, Africa and its people were again subject to the whims of other men.

Africa lost its identity, its cultural and moral fiber came crashing down, imagine being required to carry an identity card in your own land.

The continent’s customs, religions and morals were castigated, illegalised and called pagan.

As a way of keeping the “natives” savage in order to control them, education was not encouraged after all in the minds of the colonial master; the only good “kaffir” was a strong one to labour. Nevertheless, the cradle of humanity slowly started waking up; Africans started slowly questioning the concept of caucasian superiority publicly.

Eventually liberation movements began to crop up and all violent efforts to subdue them made the Africans more determined to get their mother land back.

With help from sympathetic socialist friends such as Cuba and Ethiopia (which had never been colonialised) Africa started untying itself.

However by the 1950s African countries beginning with Egypt (in 1958), began their road to freedom.

Between 1958 and 1963, the nation/class struggle intensified in Africa and the world.

Seventeen countries in Africa won their independence and 1960 was proclaimed the Year of Africa.

On April 15, 1958, in the city of Accra Ghana, African leaders and political activists gathered at the first Conference of Independent African States.

The conference was significant because it represented the first Pan-African Conference held on African soil.

At this time Malawi’s was not yet independent but many can attest to the fact that Malawi’s liberation struggle was influenced by the likes of Nkwame Nkrumah the first president of Ghana and Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie.

These men believed in freeing Africa and together with others like Ahmed Sékou Touré (first president of Guinea), Fela Anikulapo Kuti (Afro beat music founder and activist) spread this message which eventually reached Black Americans and Caribbean blacks.

Every year Africans globally celebrate ALD, we remember the continent’s African liberation, African unification and Africa’s economic progress.

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