The Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Centre (KNAC) has joined Africans worldwide in marking African Liberation Day 2019.
African Liberation Day is rooted in the 1958 Conference of Independent African States, convened in Ghana by Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah as the first Pan-African gathering on African soil.
The eight participating countries include Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Tunisia, Liberia, Sudan, Ghana and Morocco declared 15th April, the day of the Conference, as African Freedom Day.
This was later changed to 25th May 1963 when the Organisation of African Unity was founded.
The day has since been celebrated each year.
A press satement signed by the KNAC President, Samia Nkrumah, recalled that in December last year, KNAC in collaboration with the Pan-African Federalist Movement convened more than 500 Pan-Africanists including from the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and North America to mark the 60th Anniversary of the 1958 All-African People’s Conference.
The theme for the Anniversary was “Africa Must Unite: the mission for our generation”.
This captured the imperative for the political and economic unification of African and Caribbean states, that would include African people worldwide.
“We also affirmed the growing recognition by all that African unity is the pre-requisite to the prosperity of all Africans wherever they are,” she added.
She stressed that “today, as we mark African Liberation Day, we reflect on the works of our Pan-African heroes – the likes of Edward Blyden, Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah, George Padmore, W. E. B. Du Bois, Cheikh Anta Diop, Amilcar Cabral, Sekou Toure, Julius Nyerere, Haile Sellassie, Gamal Nasser, Al-haj Malik Shabaaz (Malcolm X), Martin Luther King Jr. and many others.
“While doing so, we revisit the imperative for our economic liberation, which remains unaccomplished, and can only come about through unity. Writing in I Speak of Freedom, Kwame Nkrumah declared, “I believe strongly and sincerely that with the deep-rooted wisdom and dignity, the innate respect for human lives and the intense humanity that is our heritage, the African race united under one federal government will emerge not as just another world bloc to flaunt its wealth and strength but as a Great Power whose greatness is indestructible because it is built not on fear, envy, or suspicion nor won at the expense of others but founded on hope, trust, friendship and directed towards the good of all mankind”.
Samia Nkrumah said by African Unity, “we mean the original call by the founding leaders namely a Union Government with a central military command, a common economic plan, and a unified position on international affairs.
“With a combined population of more than 1.5 billion people, Africans will form one powerful nation in control of her people’s destiny, proud of her heritage and spiritually fortified with a common purpose.”
KNAC acknowledged the statements of solidarity from Pan-African Organisations, activists, freedom fighters, and all well-wishers on the occasion of African Liberation Day.
She maintained “let us dedicate ourselves to mobilise and organise towards our ultimate goal of the economic and political unification of Africa.”