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Saturday, May 23, 2020

AFRICA DAY


African Day (formerly Africa Freedom Day and African Liberation Day) is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organization African Unit (OAU) (now known as the African Union) on 25 May 1963. Celebrated and acknowledged in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world.

Background
The First Congress of Independent African States held in AccraGhana on 15 April 1958, was convened by Prime Minister of Ghana Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and comprised representatives from Egypt (then a constituent part of the United Arab Republic), LiberiaLibyaMoroccoSudanTunisia, the Union of the Peoples of Cameroon, in the host country Ghana. The Union of South Africa did not participate, nor were they invited.

The conference showcased the progress of liberation movements on the African continent in addition to symbolizing the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation. Although the Pan-African Congress had been working towards similar goals since its foundation in 1900, this was the first time such a meeting had taken place on African soil. The conference called for the founding of an African Freedom Day, a day to "...mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation." The conference was notable in that it laid the basis for the subsequent meetings of African heads of state and government during the Casablanca Group and the Monrovia Group era, until the formation of the OAU in 1963.

History
Five years later, on 25 May 1963, representatives of thirty African nations met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosted by Emperor Haile Selassie. By then, more than two-thirds of the continent had achieved independence, mostly from imperial European states. At this meeting, the Organization of African Unity was founded, with the initial aim to encourage the decolonization of AngolaMozambiqueSouth Africa, and Southern Rhodesia. The organization pledged to support the work conducted by freedom fighters, and remove military access to colonial nations. A charter set out which sought to improve the living standards across member states. Selassie exclaimed, "May this convention of the union last 1,000 years."

The charter was signed by all attendees on 26 May, except for Morocco. At that meeting, Africa Freedom Day renamed Africa Liberation Day. In 2002, the OAU replaced by the African Union. However, the renamed celebration of Africa Day continued to celebrate on 25 May, with respect to the formation of OAU.

Contemporary celebrations
Present-day Africa Day is celebrated both in Africa and around the world, on 25 May. Albeit in some cases, these periods of celebrations can stretch out over a period of days or weeks). The themes set for each year's Africa Day, with 2015's being the "Year of Women's Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063".

Sources: AU website and Wikipedia









Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Pan-Africanism

Pan-Africanism
Pan-Africanism

"I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me"- Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah

What I am: I am African by identity and identify as Kwame Adofo-Osei (aka James H. Williams)

Philosophically: I consider Materialism Scientific as the core. African people created and built the pyramids, the first calendar, clocks, and calculated the universe take 26 thousand years to complete one rotation. The process is not mystically, but being scientific.

Ideologically: I am a Humanist and believe people are the highest priority: People before money, before profits, before property. We should celebrate and embrace people's humanity, let it ring supreme. 

Politically: I advocate for Africa unity as one united entity State Structure. A continental super state. 

Economically: I advocate for Africa industrialization production to be the most advanced technologically.

These five items together, I am a Pan Africanist.

The Most Important Pan Africanist in History
  1. C.L.R. James
  2. Amilcar Cabral
  3. J.E. Casely Hayford
  4. Nnamdi Azikiwe
  5. Steve Biko
  6. Dr. John Henrik Clarke
  7. Dr. Yosef A.A. Ben-Jochannan
  8. Omali Yeshitela
  9. Dr. Chancellor Williams
  10. Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop
  11. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (aka Malcom X)
  12. Edward Wilmot Blyden
  13. H.I.M. Haile Selassie
  14. Ahmed Sekou Toure
  15. Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah
  16. Col. Muammar Gaddafi
  17. The Hon. Marcus Garvey
  18. W.E.B. Du Bois
  19. Henry Sylvester-Williams
  20. Patrice Lumumba
  21. Robert Mugabe
  22. Maulana Karenga
  23. Paul Cuffee
  24. George Padmore
  25. Martin Robison Delany
  26. Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe
  27. Queen Afua
  28. Henry Mcneal Turner
  29. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
  30. Henry Highland Garnet
  31. Molefi Kete Asante
  32. Frederick Douglass
  33. Yaa Asantewaa
  34. Kwame Ture
  35. Ella Baker
  36. Carlos Cooks
  37. Frantz Fanon
  38. Dr. Albertina Sisulu
  39. Assata Shakur
  40. Julius Nyerere
  41. Carter G. Woodson
  42. Anna Cooper
  43. Amy Jacques Garvey
  44. Duse Muhammad Ali
  45. General Harriet Tubman
  46. Chinweizu Ibekwe
By Kwame Adofo-Osei 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Pale Blue Dot


 The image above the Pale Blue Dot earth is a bright pixel when photographed from Voyager 1 six billion kilometers out (beyond Pluto). Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934(b) – December 20, 1996(d)) the renowned American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences encouraged NASA to generate this image.

from Pale Blue Dot (1994)

These are the words from Carl Sagan, Cornell University lecture in 1994 regarding the Pale Blue Dot otherwise known as Earth. 

“On it, everyone you ever heard of...The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.”

Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.”

By Kwame Adofo-Osei


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Africa has been failed by westernisation. It must cast off its subservience

Illustration: Thomas Pullin
Africa has been failed by westernisation. It must cast off its subservience
The continent’s elites have to reject the notion that being ‘modern’ and ‘civilised’ means aping the west...
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O
ne of the greatest ironies in the history of the collapse of any civilisation must be the initial interaction between Africans and Europeans. The Igbos in the east of Nigeria, for instance, initially saw the Europeans as madmen of strange appearance and ill-formed ideologies. On banking, the Igbos wondered how an adult in his right mind could hand over his possessions for others to keep for him. By the end of the 19th century, the “madman” had overturned their civilisation, and they had adopted his.

We the people...“Read more, read deeper, read broadly, understand better, read!” By Kwame Adofo-Osei