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Happy birthday, Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Belated happy birthday (14th June) of one of the greatest revolutionaries of all time, Argentinian Ernesto “Che” Guevara, a beacon of light in these neoliberal times.

Belated-Happy birthday, Comandante!

Presidential building left to rot

Visit by KNII & SJM

Pictures of the founder of Modern Ghana- Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s Presidential building -indeed left to rot on the hills of Karimenga in the North East Region of Ghana.

The President used the building on his quiet time when he was alive. It is believed that many of his manuscripts were written here-including NEO COLONIALISM-THE LAST STAGE OF IMPERIALISM .

Of an environmental interest-migrant birds when winter is about to set in travel from Europe to this place- which is also a harmattan season here. You can view the Pwalugu Dam from here-where the hydroelectric dam is going to be built- captured in the 7 years development plan of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

BEAUTIFUL scenery which must be brought back to life with its many advantages. With the commitment of Comrade Coleman who is a staunch Pan Africanist and the Social Justice Movement / KNII, we work and succeed by GOD’S GRACE.

Karimenga is a few miles from the Regional Capital of Upper East- Bolgatanga.

Prof. Benedict Oramah Re-appointed as Afreximbank President

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is pleased to announce that its shareholders have voted to re-appoint Prof. Benedict Oramah to serve a second five-year term as the Bank’s President.

The decision was taken at the 27th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders which was held this year by circulation of resolutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his acceptance statement, released shortly thereafter, President Oramah told shareholders that the Bank’s ultimate goal under his second term is the realisation of Africa’s strategic ambition to create an integrated market.

He confirmed, “We want an Africa where the foundations of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) are laid expeditiously so that the 84,000 kilometres of borders that have divided us for ages can begin to come down.”

The Bank’s shareholders were united in offering their congratulations to President Oramah and expressing confidence in his continuing leadership in the years to come.

Communications Department
Afreximbank Export-Import Bank

Swapo celebrates 59 years of existence and unity

Niël Terblanché

MEMBERS of SWAPO gathered in their thousands at the Sport Complex in Katima Mulilo to commemorate the ruling party’s 59th year of existence.
Former President and Founding Father of the Namibian Nation, Dr. Sam Nuyoma was amongst the senior party members that attended the celebrations in the Zambezi Region on Saturday.

President Hage Geingob, in his capacity as party president, delivered the key note address and said the establishment of the SWAPO Party on the 19th of April 1960 was a pivotal moment in the history of Namibia because it united the people in the struggle for freedom and independence.

“The second phase of the struggle, the economic emancipation of the Namibian people, requires the same united approach that was present during the liberation struggle,” he said.

The full speech by Dr. Geingob reads as follows:

Welcome, all comrades who have come from all over Namibia to participate in this belated birthday celebration.

This is another pivotal moment in our history as we approach another election campaign.

April 19, 1960, will forever remain, one of the most important dates in the history of this country. It is the date of birth of SWAPO, an organization that established itself from the outset as the revolutionary vanguard for Namibia’s struggle for independence. SWAPO united all Namibians, cultivating a spirit of patriotism and nationalism.

Through SWAPO, we were able to defeat the enemy as a united people. We are therefore here to celebrate a history of unity, a history of struggle and a history of victory.

History of unity
If there is one thing that has defined the struggle for Africa’s independence, it is unity. This was understood by extraordinary personalities like Kwame Nkrumah’s who wrote the book Africa Must Unite and once formed, SWAPO became an organization comprising of a diverse group of cultures and backgrounds.

Under the tutelage of Comrade Nujoma and other SWAPO senior leaders, SWAPO members united, irrespective of tribe, to unite and fight for one common cause. Unity was the fuel of SWAPO that produced the gallantry, strength and fortitude needed to prevail in the struggle. We need to foment the same fervour of unity in order to overcome post-independence challenges. As we draw nearer to the campaign season and subsequent elections, there is a need for self-reflection.

If any cadre works alone there can be chances that comrade gets defeated, but if we work we will be able to remain victorious. Inner party unity is therefore critical for success.

History of struggle
In the life of every human being, there is a time to submit and there is a time to fight. Peter Ndilimani Nanyemba said: “We have to cross many rivers of blood before we can achieve our freedom.”

Many Namibians joined SWAPO out of sense of duty, a sense of pride and self-sacrifice. They stood up against the abhorrent practices of the Apartheid regime. The aprty followed a three pronged approach involving Political Mobilization, Diplomatic Engagement and the Armed Struggle.

Political mobilization led to uniting Namibian people to actively participate in the struggle. On the diplomatic front SWAPO succeed in mobilizing international opinion firmly on the side of the struggling people of Namibia. The armed struggle commenced when PLAN combatants fired the first shots at Ongulumbashe. We are proud of our history of struggle. The Struggle forged the character of SWAPO. We endured hardship to bring about the total independence of Namibia.

History of Victory
The struggle for freedom was long and bitter, resulting in a huge loss of human lives. But heroes and heroines paid the ultimate price ensuring that the dark clouds of oppression would give way to the radiant light of freedom. This March 23, we commemorated Southern Africa Liberation Day and the battle of Cuito Cuanavale. The pivotal battle of Cuito Cuanavale, which led to the crushing defeat of South African Apartheid forces, opened the gateway to the most triumphant period in SWAPO’s history.

This led to the implementation of Resolution 435 and subsequent elections in which SWAPO emerged victorious. Following Independence, SWAPO united a nation torn apart by the Apartheid policy that governed the Bantustans.
After Independence, we commenced with Nation-Building.

We are still faced with new challenges that only SWAPO can solve.
The worrying rise of the scourge of tribalism is of great concern.
The second phase of the struggle requires the same united approach that was present during the liberation struggle.

This is why I have championed the new narrative of the Namibian House, the spirit of Harambee, No Namibian must feel left out and One Namibia – One Nation. This new narrative connotes unity.

As committed and patriotic cadres, we should ensure that SWAPO lives up to its motto of a united and hard-working rank and file. Only through remaining united, will we emerge victorious in the second phase of our struggle for economic emancipation. I am confident that if we hold hands we will continue to make gains in our quest for the socio-economic transformation of the Namibian people and bring about a more unified, just and prosperous society.

Happy 59th Birthday SWAPO. Happy 59th Birthday Comrades. SWAPO, United! SWAPO, Victorious! NOW, Hard Work!

Photos: Courtesy of the Namibian Presidency

WHITE SUPREMACY

The major source of racism, is a notorious pomposity practised by people who are still morally barbaric and ungodly. In fact, the feeling of one race being superior to the other is an uncivilized and ancient practice – a foolish one for that matter.

Any human group which still holds unto this antiquated culture of superiority over others is simply the obverse to civilized humanity. Such a group can therefore no longer fit into the tide of present world whose conscience and ethics are geared to equality, and indeed, see all races as equal and all peoples on the earth as one.

Courtesy Hon Amusu Kwaggrey HUMANITY is not made up of one race. And a race is not made up of one tribe, ethnic group or nationality. Yet we are all one race and one humanity without anyone being superior or inferior to the other. This is the standing moral and divine law. To state otherwise is a blasphemy and a mockery of our human civilization. Courtesy Hon. Amusu Kwaggrey.

UNITED AFRICA 2022

Black Lives Matter, Accra

Blacks in London Host First-Ever Memorial Service for Victims of Transatlantic Slave Trade

By Ricky Riley -August 23, 2016060056Share on FacebookTweet on Twitter

On Aug. 21, a group of demonstrators from the organization Slavery Remembrance held the first memorial to enslaved Africans at Trafalgar Square in London, England.

In the clip,  state that many Englishmen hardly acknowledge the day that brings awareness to the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade.

“This is the first-ever memorial service for International Slavery Remembrance Day,” Shezal Laing, the group’s founder states. “This day passes by largely unnoticed, and most people are unaware that the day exists.”

Echoing those sentiments, British rapper and activist Akala says it has always been a problem when Black people remember their history.

“When Black people remember their victim-hood at the hand of the British empire, apparently they should get over it and it is all in the past,” he explains. ” Even though the legacy is still here …”

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization designated Aug. 23 International Slavery Remembrance Day to recognize the Haitian Revolution.

The revolution that shocked and put European colonial powers on high alert began Aug. 22, 1791, but continued the following day.

Furthermore, UNESCO cited the revolution as the spark that ignited abolition in the western world.

Organizers of yesterday’s memorial hopes that attendance and awareness grows.

CREDIT: atlantablackstar.com

Pan-Africanism: Organize for George Floyd

“My student sent me a WhatsApp message and asked about my response to the most recent police violence against an unarmed African man and I felt obliged to write a post”.

Sitting here in Accra I see the outrage, disgust, and anger that many on Social Media and on the ground are feeling.  First off let me get this straight there is a rebellion happening in Minneapolis and let’s not forget that rebellions have sparked some sort of change.  In spite of my support for the rebellions happening now, I must also take a sober look at how we can stop these extrajudicial killings from happening not just in America but Brazil, Nigeria, Kenya, or any place where police/military have killed African people.

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Source: https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Photo-gallery-Images-from-riots-and-protests-in-Minneapolis-570830351.html

Police Violence is a by-product of capitalism a system where profit is more important than people.  It is a system in which global capitalists and corporations exploit the working class and the masses to make more and more profit.  This results in institutions that theoretically should “serve and protect” humanity to “serve and protect” the capitalist system.  This translates into racist policies both spoken and unspoken dictating the actions of police and the military.  The undercurrent of race and class in America is institutionalized in the very fabric of America.  As a result, it drastically impacts African, Latinx, Asian and other people of color in ways that play out as mass-incarceration, police violence, high rates of health disparities, lack of employment, political and economic oppression and so much more.

The question about the next steps is an interesting one because until this system is dismantled and Pan-Africanism is achieved African men and women will continue to be killed in the street.  This will happen from Lagos to London to Minneapolis to Bahia and it will not be because we are African!! Capitalism as an economic system is nothing but cancer on humanity and mother nature.

The fundamental question we should be wrestling with as we process the tragic murder of Geroge Floyd is not just about the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.  We must process what this means to our sons and daughters and sisters and brothers and ourselves as we take a sober look at the fundamental contradiction.  That fundamental contradiction is CAPITALISM. We must dedicate ourselves to building a movement that can defend African people.  The pain that we feel in our hearts every time we see one of our sisters or brothers shot or choked out because they are African must be re-directed to achieving Pan-Africanism.  It is only a unified Africa that can fight for our people in Africa and the Diaspora.

So in my general fashion let me make four recommendations about the way forward:

  1. Join an organization fighting for the liberation and unification of Africa and African people globally.
  2. Educate our youth about Pan-Africanism and show how it will benefit them and their descendants.
  3. When organizing protests and rebellions against murder in our communities do it from a Pan-African perspective.  Connect it to the larger Pan-African and internationalist movement and the challenges and victories that this movement bring.
  4. Most importantly, recognize the limitations of the world in which we live in and this means that until we seriously talk about an alternative to capitalism we will be here mourning another African month after month and year and year.

Despite this blog..please know that I am as angry and pained as everyone else.   Every time an African is killed a part of my heart aches-it reminds me of the struggle that we had to endure during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and colonization and neo-colonialism.  It is the pain that drives me to organize for Pan-Africanism

Support and condolences go out to the family of Geroge Floyd and all of the other family members that we will lose at the hands of the capitalist system.

Organize, Organize, Organize!!!

Ready for Revolution

CREDIT: panafricandevelopment.wordpress.com

Andre Ayew joins big-name footballers in solidarity with Black Lives Matter movement

Ghana skipper Andre Ayew has added his voice to the growing list of footballers in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Swansea City attacker spoke out amid the civil unrest in the United States in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, aged 46, died last week shortly after Derek Chauvin, a police officer, held him down with a knee on his neck though he repeatedly pleaded, “I can’t breathe,” and “please, I can’t breathe”.

Ayew took to his social media page to express his sadness; 

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH 👊🏽 BLM!!!

CREDIT: footballmadeinghana.com

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