Oct 26, 2009, 2:30 PM
Africans and friends of Africa all over the world yesterday 25th May commemorated Africa Day also known as Africa Liberation Day.
The day was founded in 1958 when Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States held in
The day seeks to mark, each year, the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of
This day has helped to raise political awareness in African communities across the world. It has also been a source of information about the struggles for liberation and development.
Kwame Nkrumah, the founder of the modern state of
As he pointed out when he was president of
Moreover, Nkrumah stressed that to achieve genuine liberation and socialism the workers, youth and farmers must be organized into a revolutionary party. Nkrumah identified the organized working class as the foundation for the building of a revolutionary party committed to building socialism and African unity.
Without doubt, the idea of liberating and unifying the continent politically, economically and socially by bringing it together culturally is one of the most important dreams which occupied the imagination of Africans for many generations.
However, in some parts of the continent, boundary disputes have served to bitterly divide very friendly nations, sometimes leading nations to war.
Yes, the Africa of today is not the
It is however, disappointing to also note that while other countries in the continent are devoting all their energies and accelerating all their efforts for a bright and shining future through the umbrella of the great African Union, others seem to be heading towards the wrong direction, grappling with wars, killings and intimidation of their peoples.
It is our belief that unless we work together as one, getting a united
We urge that, as Africans, we also stop killing each other and bring to an end all ongoing wars on the continent, for the sake of our peoples.
We should always have at the back of our minds that peace is not just simply the absence of war; peace is also synonymous with development.
Our continent has enormous untapped potentials, underscoring the need to promote values of solidarity to guarantee it a better future.
While we believe that the struggle for freedom for all African nations will come to a forefront one day, we also hope to see the AU begin to step up and assume more of a role in the lives of its citizen members by forming true democracies, instead of backing repressive regimes.
“Africans want a unified, socialist and democratic