November in 2017 reveals an African continent fraught with internal conflicts - from an ongoing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to internal strife in Cameroon and the ongoing struggles against long-standing regimes in Togo and Zimbabwe.
The African Union remains ineffective in supporting the rights of the peoples of Western Sahara and the governments of Kenya & South Africa are pushing ahead with building more coal & nuclear power stations - this despite a global shift to 100% renewable energy.
It's no better in Morocco, where people are literally being killed while trying to feed themselves and in Ethiopia, the Internet is regularly shut down to keep people from organising and protesting online.
It's not a pretty picture and certainly nothing like the post colonial visions of Nkrumah and other liberation leaders of the past. And amongst all this despair and the daily fight for justice, peace and dignity - one figure from the recent past, stands tall.
Thomas Sankara. The former President of Burkina Faso remains both relatively obscure and, a modern day icon to many who wish to see a healthy, peaceful and prosperous Africa for all her people, nations and nationalities. As President of Burkina Faso from 1983 until his assassination in 1987, Sankara showed just what was possible with servant leadership and, a healthy disdain of imperialist power and their crippling aid packages. When asked why he didn’t want his portrait hung in public places, as was the norm for other African leaders, Sankara replied, “There are seven million Thomas Sankaras.”
Feedback | African Liberation Day, 25th May
Thank you to everyone who shared their reflections and thoughts on the #25May2017 launch of the movement. We're collating your feedback and we will be in touch with a summary and plans for the 2018 edition of the apex organising moment of the movement.
Forward & together for a better life for all Muhammed Lamin
Coordinator Africans Rising for Justice, Peace & Dignity
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