Forward Comrade …

First Ten Year Implementation Plan of The “AFRICA WE WANT”

  • Agenda 2063 is from 2013 to 2023.
  • Peace and Security – immediately establish an African high command / Disaster management in 2021 to be stationed in Mali .
  • United Africa Conference to birthed a New Nation in Tanzania in 2022 .
  • Time to move from toooooo much volumes of rhetorics with grassroots MOBILIZATION/GROWTH to see the physical implementation of the Ten Year Implementation Plan, like the 2017- ACFTA program of action headquartered in Accra.
  • This whole exercise is not a University Dissertation or Thesis, it’s all about ORGANISING and building systems and structures to enforce what is deemed appropriate for Africans-PERIOD .

By Comrade Ben Anyagre- Executive Director, KNII

This is what Nkrumah wrote in his biography about The Old Boy himself, Our Great Ancestor, Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

“Of all the literature that I studied, the book that did more than any to fire my enthusiasm was Philosophy and Opinions of Marcaus Garvey”l published in 1923”.

If you are an African anywhere in the world and you have not read that book, consider your life incomplete. Indeed, if we were a serious people, we would teach Garvey in our schools all over the world. Nobody should finish primary school, much less college, without knowing about Marcus Garvey, the man originally from Kromantse in the Central Region of modern Ghana, the man who shook up Pan-Africanism like nobody, until Nkrumah came along.

But suffice it with the following excerpts, for now, and then take a listen to his biggest spokesman alive today, Burning Spear (the Man from up in the Hills) and a tribute from Afro-Brit reggae icon, Maxi Priest.

Enjoy.

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GARVEY SPEAKS

  • A race without authority and power is a race without respect.
  • The political readjustment of the world means that those who are not sufficiently able, not sufficiently prepared, will be at the mercy of the organized classes for another one or two hundred years.
  • Knowledge rules the world and ignorance carries the burden. .
  • No race in the world is so just as to give others, for the asking, a square deal in things economic, political, and social.
  • If you have no confidence in self you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you have started.
  • When of our own initiative we strike out to build industries, governments, and ultimately empires, then and only then will we as a race prove to our Creator and to man in general that we are fit to survive and capable of shaping our own destiny.
  • The battles of the future, whether they be physical or mental, will be fought on scientific lines, and the race that is able to produce the highest scientific development is the race that will ultimately rule.
  • A race that is solely dependent upon another for its economic existence sooner or later dies.
  • So many of us find excuses to get out of the Negro race, because we are led to believe that the race is unworthy—that it has not accomplished anything. Cowards that we are! It is we who are unworthy, because we are not contributing to the uplift and up-building of this noble race.
  • All peoples are struggling to blast a way through the industrial monopoly of races and nations, but the Negro as a whole has failed to grasp its true significance and seems to delight in filling only that place created for him by the white man.
  • The only protection against injustice by man is power—physical, financial, and scientific.
  • Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people. Action, self-reliance, and vision of self and the future have been the only means by which the oppressed have seen and realized the light of their own freedom.
  • There is nothing in the world common to man that man cannot do.
  • What others have done we can do.
  • The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself, but the ends you serve that are for all will take you into eternity.
  • Let Africa be the Black Star among the constellation of nations. [Garvey coined the term “Black Star”. Ghana owes him the recognition, at least].
  • Education is the medium by which a people are prepared for the creation of their own particular civilization, and the advancement and glory of their own race.
  • Be as proud of your race today as our ancestors were in the days of yore. We have a beautiful history, and we shall create another in the future that will astonish the world.
  • How dare anyone tell us that Africa cannot be redeemed, when we have 400 million men and women with warm blood coursing through their veins?
  • The power that holds Africa is not Divine. The power that holds Africa is human, and it is recognized that whatsoever man has done, man can do.
  • The whole world is run on bluff. No race, no nation, no man has any divine right to take advantage of others. Why allow the other fellow to bluff you?
  • Every student of political science, every student of economics, knows that the race can only be saved through a solid industrial foundation, that the race can only be saved through political independence. Take away industry from a race; take away political freedom from a race, and you have a group of slaves.
  • Leadership means everything—pain, blood, death.
  • The Negro who lives on the patronage of philanthropists is the most dangerous member of our society, because he is willing to turn back the clock of progress when his benefactors ask him so to do.
  • If the European wants to see God through his eyes, let him. We Africans will see God through our own eyes.
  • If the Negro is not careful he will drink in all the poison of modern civilization and die from the effects of it.
  • Hungry men have no respect for law, authority or human life.
  • The world does not count races and nations that have nothing.
  • There can be no peace among men and nations so long as the strong continue to oppress the weak. So long as injustice is done to other peoples, just so long will we have cause for war, and make a lasting peace an impossibility.
  • I am not opposed to the white race as charged by my enemies. I have no time to hate anyone. All my time is devoted to the up-building and development of the Negro race.
  • Preparedness is the watchword of this age. For us as a race to remain, as we have been in the past, divided among ourselves, is but to hold ourselves in readiness for racial extermination at the hands of the stronger race, the race that will be fit to survive,
  • Point me to a weak nation and I will show you a people oppressed, abused, taken advantage of by others. Show me a weak race and I will show you a people reduced to serfdom, peonage, and slavery. Show me a well-organized nation and I will show you a people and a nation respected by the world.
  • Propaganda has done more to defeat the good intentions of races and nations than even open warfare.
  • We of the Negro race are suffering more than any other race in the world from propaganda—propaganda to destroy our hopes, our ambitions, and our confidence in self.
  • So long as Negroes occupy an inferior position among the races and nations of the world, just so long will others be prejudiced against them, because it will be profitable for them to keep up their system of superiority. But when the Negro by his own initiative lifts himself from his low state to the highest human standard he will be in a position to stop begging and praying and demand a place that no individual, race or nation will be able to deny him.
  • I know no national boundary where the Negro is concerned. The whole world is my province until Africa is free.
  • The man or woman who has no confidence in self is an unfortunate being and is really a misfit in creation.
  • Sloth, neglect, indifference caused us to be slaves. Confidence, conviction, action will cause us to be free men today.
  • The strong will always live at the expense of the weak.
  • Don’t expect others to respect you when you have no respect for yourself.
  • All I have I have given to you.
  • Look for me in the whirlwind or the storm, look for me all around you…look for me everywhere, for my cause shall rise again to plague the conscience of the corrupt.
  • IMPORTANT DATES IN THE LIFE OF MARCUS GARVEY
  • August 17, 1887 Born in Jamaica
  • July 15, 1914 Establishes Universal Negro Improvement Association in Jamaica (UNIA)
  • March 6, 1916 Arrives in the United States to raise funds for UNIA; later decides to stay
  • June 27, 1919 Establishes Negro Factories Corporation and Black Star Shipping Line
  • January 1922 Accused of “mail fraud”—part of political conspiracy to destroy Garvey and UNIA
  • June 1923 “Convicted” by court
  • September 1924 Black Cross Navigation and Trading Co. formed to replace collapsed Black Star Line.
  • February 25, 1925 Loses appeal in U.S.; jailed Feb. 28.
  • December 1927 Garvey is deported to Jamaica, despite his requests that he be sent “back home to Africa”
  • June 10, 1940 Dies of stroke in London

Compiled by I, Nii Moi Thompson, a Garveyist.

Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in his Autobiography

The Preface, p.x- said:

” WITHOUT DISCIPLINE TRUE FREEDOM CANNOT SURVIVE”

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” FREEDOM WITHOUT LAW IS ANARCHY .”

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KWAME NKRUMAH IDEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE (KNII)

is making achievements to ensure a fully integrated grassroots participatory democracy towards the wellbeing and welfare of Africans. The group believes in social dialogue, inclusiveness, social justice as enshrined in the Agenda 2063 of the AU. KNII emphasizes alternatives to fratricidal wars, civil unrest, and conflicts in Africa.

Africans are too tired of the use of guns to pursue grievances and would want a paradigm of a peacefulness coexistence interwoven with harmony which will address the basic concerns and interests of Africans. KNII – in her efforts, wish to help change the negative narratives about Africa through engagement/collaboration/partnership/TRAINING to create jobs and wealth for Africans Africans especially the Youth because there’s enough in Africa to feed Africans.

Our Youth mustn’t be subjected to horrors of the deserts, risking their lives through the Mediterranean to seek greener pastures in Europe. Good leadership in Africa; Redemptive leadership in Africa; Apt and Foresighted leadership in Africa; Human centered leadership in Africa; A duty of care leadership in Africa should be CAPABLE to create jobs and so on in tandem with Agenda 2063 of the AU thereby bringing joy and happiness to our people.

This is what KNII hopes to achieve in the very footsteps of the novel and tremendous achievements and hindsight handed over to the current generation by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah who gained political independence for Ghana and progressively assisted many African countries in diverse ways.
FORWARD EVER – backward NEVER
Uhuru- Amandla

REFLECTIONS

Relying on the right political power to implement the Agenda 2063 is flawed with some empirical evidence glaring on our faces. If so till WHEN?


The almost disconnect in governance between those ruling and ruled will continue to perpetuate hunger, poverty, want and diseases on our people if proactive steps are not taken.

To fix entirely our minds on political power for the CHANGE WE WANT isn’t good enough and with CAUTION that we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be swallowed completely by them, for them to continuously decide our FAITH.

The thinking that until political power nothing happens is defeatist.
The CONSTITUTIVE ACT of the AU made some provisions for Civil Society Organisations – and to some of us, that represent a window for all progressive minded activists to get involved in matters of the AU.
Let’s concentrate on alternatives that we will give us the type of Africa that we want .
Grassroots MOBILIZATION/GROWTH .
Encourage all major stakeholders including progressive Kings and Queens to be on board.
Progressives in the academia , etc.
THE VOLUMES OF TALK SHOULD BE PLOUGHED TO ENSURE THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF AGENDA 2063 .
All our long writings will be meaningless if we don’t accept and work with the current Blue print of Africa which addresses urgent concerns.
AFRICA MUST UNITE OR ROT Thanks

Proposed Regions for a New Africa

Africa should have One President, 4 Prime Ministers, and 54 governors. The president should be rotating among the 4 regional governments of EAST AFRICA, WEST AFRICA, SOUTHERN AFRICA, AND NORTHERN AFRICA. So are the PMs who would be selected from the governors.

We should have one currency that is backed with gold because we got it in plenty in order to have a strong reserve bank.

More importantly, Africa should have 4 languages to facilitate inter-trade: Kiswahili, English, French, Arabic, and another popular west African language if necessary. All these languages must be taught in schools.

I forgot to add that the capital of Africa will be in Kinshasa because of the following reasons: 1) DR Congo is in central part of Africa, 2) there are two capitals which are the closest cities in the world that is Kinshasa and Brazzaville, 3) DR Congo is the richest countries on earth when it comes to natural resources.

This will provide us with the capital to power Africas economy, 4) The Inga dam is the worlds biggest Rapids with Average flow rate: 25,768 m3/s (910,000 cu ft/s).

This provides Africans with rare opportunity to have more than enough electricity to power the administration, industries, and economies. Nairobi will be the capital of East Africa because it has UN offices. Cairo for North Africa, Lagos for west Africa, Joberg for Southern Africa and Douala for Central Africa.

Addis Ababa can continue hosting the African Union for foreign policies.

AFRICAN OVERPOPULATIONHOAX

As explained by Papa Yaw

Let’s me tell you what is on the world news agenda for the next months: world overpopulation!

Some people think the world is becoming overpopulated. And, surprisingly Africa takes the center of attention because of the recent growth of its population. The people behind this war against Africa rebirth would produce shiny graphics and complex MBA types matrix which would look very convincing, and indeed would convince weak minds and fools.

Here is a flipped coin perspective you won’t see in the mainstream news outlets.
The most overpopulated countries per square kilometer are mostly in Europe, regardless of the fact that Europe has already exported over half a billion of its people out to two continents: America and Australia 5 centuries ago, there were no Europeans in America and Australia. Nor Africa.

Also, the concept of overpopulation is a fraud and a convenient ideology, because it ignores impact per capita (per one person) and focus on simple numerical.
The USA consumes 25% of world resources while its population is only 5%.
And the West as a bloc represent less than 15% of the world population while consuming over half of world resources and having 80% of climate change factors.

The problem of world population is not that we are too heavy for the earth to carry, but the impact of human activity on environment and resources.
Understood in that perspective, you can see why it’s convenient for some people to throw dubious numbers out there, because attacking poor Africans is such a harmless exercise.

Africa as a whole has a population less than China, and a total GDP half of a small country like France, which is 5 times smaller than Congo. For an already overpopulated continent, many European countries are given incentives to their women to make more babies. For an already underpopulated continent, Africa is crowded with western overpopulation experts given money to NGOs and governments to stop the population growth. In the meantime, China is abandoning it one child policy to boost its population.

Only in Africa, we are talking about population reduction funded by Western NGOs and governments. Is it because Africa does not have resources to feed 2 billion people? No. It’s because some other nations want those resources for their own people, instead.

I hope you won’t bite on this new covert war on the poor, and another distraction from the real culprits. If you live in Africa, and those Western overpopulation experts come to spread their dubious propaganda, ask them some tough questions, and take them as the new Christopher Columbus. The world is overpopulated, let’s have less rich people, should be the real agenda.

FLAGSHIP PROGRAMMES/PROJECTS OF AGENDA 2063

  • Integrated High Speed Train Network;
  • An African Virtual and E- University;
  • Formulation of a commodities Strategy;
  • Establishment of an annual African forum;
  • Establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area by 2017;
  • The African Passport and free movement of people;
  • Implementation of the Grand Inga Dam project to generate 43,200MW of Power;
  • The Pan African E- Network;
  • Silencing the gun by 2020;
  • Africa Outer Space Strategy
  • Establishment of a single air transport market;
  • Establishment of the African Financial Institutions.
thomas sankara

Biography of Thomas Sankara

Thomas Sankara was Burkina Faso’s president from August 1983 until his assassination on October 15, 1987. Perhaps, more than any other African president in living memory, Thomas Sankara, in four years, transformed Burkina Faso from a poor country, dependent on aid, to an economically independent and socially progressive nation.

Thomas Sankara began by purging the deeply entrenched bureaucratic and institutional corruption in Burkina Faso.

He slashed the salaries of ministers and sold off the fleet of exotic cars in the president’s convoy, opting instead for the cheapest brand of car available in Burkina Faso, Renault 5. His salary was $450 per month and he refused to use the air conditioning units in his office, saying that he felt guilty doing so, since very few of his country people could afford it.

Thomas Sankara would not let his portrait be hung in offices and government institutions in Burkina Faso, because every Burkinabe is a Thomas Sankara, he declared. Sankara changed the name of the country from the colonially imposed Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, which means land of upright men.

Thomas Sankara’s achievements are numerous and can only be summarized briefly; within the first year of his leadership, Sankara embarked on an unprecedented mass vaccination program that saw 2.5 million Burkinabe children vaccinated. From an alarming 280 deaths for every 1,000 births, infant mortality was immediately slashed to below 145 deaths per 1,000 live births. Sankara preached self-reliance, he banned the importation of several items into Burkina Faso, and encouraged the growth of the local industry. It was not long before Burkinabes were wearing 100% cotton sourced, woven and tailored in Burkina Faso. From being a net importer of food, Thomas Sankara began to aggressively promote agriculture in Burkina Faso, telling his country people to quit eating imported rice and grain from Europe, said, “let us consume what we ourselves control,” he emphasized.

In less than 4 years, Burkina Faso became self-sufficient in foods production through the redistribution of lands from the hands of corrupt chiefs and land owners to local farmers, and through massive irrigation and fertilizer distribution programs. Thomas Sankara utilized various policies and government assistance to encourage Burkinabes to get education. In less than two years as a president, school attendance jumped from about 10% to a little below 25%, thus overturning the 90% illiteracy rate he met upon assumption of office.

Living way ahead of his time, within 12 months of his leadership, Sankara vigorously pursued a reforestation program that saw over 10 million trees planted around the country in order to push back the encroachment of the Sahara Desert. Uncommon at the time he lived, Sankara stressed women empowerment and campaigned for the dignity of women in a traditional patriarchal society. He also employed women in several government positions and declared a day of solidarity with housewives by mandating their husbands to take on their roles for 24 hours.

A personal fitness enthusiast, Sankara encouraged Burkinabes to be fitted and was regularly seen jogging unaccompanied on the streets of Ouagadougou; his waistline remained the same throughout his tenure as president.

In 1987, during a meeting of African leaders under the auspices of the Organization of African Unity, Thomas Sankara tried to convince his peers to turn their backs on the debt owed western nations. According to him, “debt is a cleverly managed reconquest of Africa. It is a reconquest that turns each one of us into a financial slave.” He would not request for, nor accept aid from the west, noting that “…welfare and aid policies have only ended up disorganizing us, subjugating us, and robbing us of a sense of responsibility for our own economic, political, and cultural affairs. We chose to risk new paths to achieve greater well-being.”

Thomas Sankara was a pan-Africanist who spoke out against apartheid, telling French President Francois Mitterand, during his visit to Burkina Faso, that it was wrong for him to support the apartheid government and that he must be ready to bear the consequences of his actions. Sankara’s policies and his unapologetic anti-imperialist stand made him an enemy of France, Burkina Faso’s former colonial master. He spoke truth to power fearlessly and paid with his life. Upon his assassination, on the orders of Francois Mitterrand his most valuable possessions were a car, a refrigerator, three guitars, motorcycles, a broken down freezer and about $400 in cash.

Few young Africans have ever heard of Thomas Sankara. In reality, it is not the assassination of Thomas Sankara that has dealt a lethal blowed to Africa and Africans; it is the assassination of his memory, as manifested in the indifference to his legacy, in the lack of constant reference to his ideals and ideas by Africans, by those who know and those who should know. Among physical and mental dirt and debris lie Africa’s heroes while the younger generations search in vain for role models from among their kind. Africans have therefore, internalized self-abhorrence and the convictions of innate incapability to bring about transformation. Transformation must runs contrary to the African’s DNA, many Africans subconsciously believe.

Africans are not given to celebrating their own heroes, but this must change. It is a colonial legacy that was instituted to establish the inferiority of the colonized and justify colonialism. It was a strategic policy that ensured that Africans celebrated the heroes of their colonial masters, but not that of Africa. Fifty years and counting after colonialism ended, Africa’s curriculum must now be redrafted to reflect the numerous achievements of Africans.

The present generation of Africans is thirsty, searching for where to draw the moral, intellectual and spiritual courage to effect change. The waters to quench the thirst, as other continents have already established, lies fundamentally in history – in Africa’s forbears, men, women and children who experienced much of what most Africans currently experience, but who chose to toe a different path. The media, entertainment industry, civil society groups, writers, institutions and organizations must begin to search out and include African role models, case studies and examples in their contents.

For Africans, the strength desperately needed for the transformation of the continent cannot be drawn from World Bank and IMF policies, from aid and assistance obtained from China, India, the United States or Europe. The strength to transform Africa lies in the foundations laid by uncommon heroes like Thomas Sankara; a man who showed Africa and the world that with a single minded pursuit of purpose, the worst can be made the best, and in record time too.

thomas sankara

WHO KILLED HIM?

Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah warned that” It is empire-building without a flag. And this is how it works: they (neo-colonialist) see to it that the political power remains in the hands of indigenous reactionaries. They manoeuvre to control the army, the police and even the Intelligence Services. They see to it that the economic Institutions of the country are in the hands of their agents and that economic production is completely controlled by private foreign capital leaving only the infrastructure in the hands of the indigenous population. They divide the Trade Union and other popular movements. When they have gained full control in this way of a client or puppet state, then they are in a position to do what they like with that territory, its government and its people. If they cannot get their own way, then they engineer political and military coups, to overthrow the regimes and install new reactionary regimes which will carry out their orders.”

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