African Liberation Day on May 25 is an annual holiday in various countries in Africa, coinciding with African Union's Africa Day.
"The first conference of the independent African states was held in Accra, Ghana, on April 15, 1958. It was decided then to celebrate this historic day as African Freedom Day. Until recently, April 15 was celebrated throughout our continent as African Freedom Day. However, two years ago today in May, the Summit Conference of the Independent African States, which was convened in Our Capital City of Addis Ababa, decreed that May 25, the day on which the historic Charter of the Organization of African Unity was signed, be celebrated every year as African Liberation Day. Accordingly today is celebrated as African Liberation Day. http://www.nazret.com/history/him_liberation.phpAfrican Liberation Day 2011
ALD was founded in 1958 when Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States held in Accra, Ghana and attended by eight independent African states. The 15th of April was declared "African Freedom 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.http://www.africanliberationday.net/The History Of African Liberation Day
On April 15, 1958, in the city of Accra Ghana, African leaders and political activists gathered at the first Conference of Independent African States. It was attended by representatives of the governments of Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, The United Arab Republic (which was the federation of Egypt and Syria) and representatives of the National Liberation Front of Algeria and the Union of Cameroonian Peoples. This conference was significant in that it represented the first Pan-African Conference held on African soil. It was also significant in that it represented the collective expression of African People’s disgust with the system of colonialism and imperialism, which brought so much suffering to African People. Further, it represented the collective will to see the system of colonialism permanently done away with.
After 500 years of the most brutal suffering known to humanity, the rape of Africa and the subsequent slave trade, which cost Africa in excess of 100,000,000 of her children, the masses of African People singularly, separately, individually, in small disconnected groupings for centuries had said, “enough”! But in 1958, at the Accra Conference, it was being said in ways that emphasized joint, coordinated and unified action.http://www.thetalkingdrum.com/ald.html
As we remember this African Liberation DAY , we should not forget that much part of the History of the African LIberation remains distorted and the same African Leaders from 1948 contributed much to the downfall of the African Unit . See of the message below for insight please :
Pan Africanism Destroyed by the same African Leaders after the event of April 1948 .
FIND OUT OF THE WRONG INFORMATION GIVEN TO AFRICA .
Pan Africanism and The AGOFE / ( King ) Atabua of Lado in Africa
1945 - The Pan Africanism Association was formed .
Agofe / King Atabua of Lado became the Chairman of the African Chiefs / Heads in the Conference which was held in Manchester in 1945 , and Kwame Nkrumah ( His first name was Francis ) became the Secretary and Jomo Kenyatta ( His real name was Johnston Kamau ) he became assistant Secretary. But the Agofe / King will be Assassinated because He asked USSR to raise the question of Lado at the UN in 1947 for Independence . Why did the British Kill the Chairman and this King is not even recorded in the African History even yet as a founder member of the Pan Africanism ?
Lets find more about this Man - The Agofe / King of Lado then ---
A British Imperial Army ( King's African Rifles ) was established in 1891 under the Kavalli Agreement of 17 September 1891. The Agreement was signed by the English Captain Frederick D. Lugard who later became the Governor- General of Nigeria and Major Selim Matera , a Citizen of Lado
It was him Governor - .General. Lugard who developed the British Colonial Doctrine called The Dual Mandate ( Indirect Rule ), which is still in force through the Commonwealth Pyramid Divide-and-Rule System with the Queen / King on top, and under the Sovereign Head are the British Administrators, and below them the Local African Chiefs. The only difference today is that the British Administrators are replaced by the African Presidents who are operating as Governor -Generals dancing to the tune of Remote Control .
These British Commonwealth African Kings, Presidents and Prime Ministers rule in the firm belief that they are the True Sovereign Heads of their Countries. But in actual fact they have been reduced to mere Governor - Generals / Administrators ( International Public Law ). In Reality then this explains why the many different Indiginous Peoples of Africa, consisting of four Main Social Entities - " Races " ( Bantus, Hamitics, Sudanics and Nilotics ) believe they are Independent . That is also the reason behind the Conflict between the Tutsis ( Hamitics ) and the Hutus ( Bantus ) in Rwanda and Burundi. However, few people realise that the Real Owners of Rwanda and Burundi are the Indigenous People, the Twa People ( Batua ) , who are close counsins of the Pygmies. Rwanda and Burundi ( formerly Urundi ) used to be one Country, along with Tanganyika, before the First World War. The Territory belonged to Germany and was known as German East Africa.
In Colonial Legacy -
When the First World War ended, Rwanda - Urundi ( Burundi ) was given to Belgium, and Tanganyika to the British under the Versailles Treaty of 28 June 1919. To this , today's Conflict between the Tutsis and the Hutus is a direct result of the Division of the former German Colonies into two parts, one for Britain (Tanganyika) and one for Belgium ( Rwanda - Urundi ) . But for the Deliberate Discrimination , the Belgians chose to rule by appointing the Minority Tutsis " Most Favored Ethnic Group ", which carried them forward as the African Intelligentsia Class or the Ruling Elite, who as the new Slave Masters were used to suppress all the other Ethnic Groups. This is the Root of the Problem, and unless that is recognised and a Political Solution is found, there will be no end to the Bloodshed and Genocide in Central Africa ( which the Western / Europeans see it best lying within for their interest ) .
This similar situation is what actually the British / Belgium ( 1947 ) long stated over Lado Kingdom in Africa but they still have not succeded ----- The Displaced Persons, the Stateless Persons and the Internal Refugee Problem, among them the so called Nubians ( the Lado Muslim Community ) who are being held mainly in Uganda and Kenya as Prisoners in Reservations, the so called Restricted Settlements ( Bombo, Soroti and Gulu in Uganda and Kibira near Nairobi in Kenya ) was started by the British since 1897 .
These People are always referred to simply as " The Nubians " though they are Muslims of Lado origin ( Luu and Lui People ) who were removed by the British Colonial Authority because of their Mutiny the same year 1897 when they were ordered to go and fight against their own People in Lado .The leaders were executed in Uganda including their Military Commander, Bilal Amin, the Grandfather of " Idi Amin who became President in 1979 " . The British called the Mutiny as the ( The Sudanese Mutiny of 1897 ) .
The British have never forgotten nor forgiven the Lado Muslims ( the Luu and Lui people of Lado ) for this Breach of Discipline, which explains why these displaced People referred to as " The Nubians in East Africa ", and are still being punished now as " Unwanted Persons."
Apart from being held in the Special Settlements as Prisoners, the Lado Muslims ( Nubians ) are being heavily discriminated against, very much like the American Indians were treated by the European Invaders one hundred years ago .
THE LADO LEADER AGOFE / KING ATABUA
When Lado the leader Agofe Atabua reached the military rank of Colonel, serving in the Kings African Rifles ( KAR ) 4th Regiment which was British, with Headquaters in Bombo, Uganda , He went to fight for the British in Burma in 2° World War ( WWII ) with the 4th Regiment of the Kings Africans Rifles, which later was stationed in Jinja, Uganda.
The Lado leader resigned to carry out the Independence of Lado in 1947. He was replaced by a British Colonel called Alan Knight, a man with humane feelings ; He was a sort of friendly to Africans : an Englishman, a rare case anyway. The Lado leader was assassinated on 14th April 1948, because he asked USSR to raise the question of Lado at the UN in 1947, and the British found that was not the right thing to do.
They said He was opening the eyes of many Africans and African Countries , and above all his Role as the First Chairman known to be of the Pan Africanism Association was a deadly Snake poison to the global Western Anglo - American Political Interests in Africa . With the death of the King Atabua was actually the end of Pan Africanism with its founded Head Quarters at ARUA - ARU in the Independent Kingdom State of Lado as Lado is Rightly situated in the Heart of Africa . All Members present in the meeting of 1945 agreed to that .
The British had to do something quick inorder to cover up this most important History part of Africa in a most meditated way to draw the African Minds to establish a new system of a giving Independence to the African People by encouraging the Secretary of the King Atabua to take over to work on this issue of Indepedences but without Sovereignty issue at hand to the African people .
This Agreement with Dr Francis Nkuruma led to the initiatives of the formation of Organisation of African Unit in the African Independence Conference held in Accra in 1958 .
In 1961, the OAU Charter was drawn up by three African blocs : one called the Casablanca Group, another called the Monrovia Group, and the third called the Brazzaville Group. So the three Groups formed the Organisation of African Unity. The only concerned Organisation in Africa yet , therefore still , till todate is OAU
In conclusion OAU charter was concluded on 25th May 1963, in Addis Ababa, starting on 25th May, 1947 but picked up later by - because the leader John Anacleto Atobua Agami from Lado Kingdom was killed in 1948 on April . It was Francis Kwame Nkrumah later, was the one who organised the African Independence Conference in Accra in 1958 as He was the Secretary to the King John Anacleta Atabua Agami of the Pan Africanism . OAU took its roots from Pan Africanism .
Lado advocated and will continue to do so for Pan Africanism to live with one flag for the Unity of Africa . It is high time that be put in Existence .
The name Pan Africanism sounds good and in its History philosophy as was formed for the first time and the philosophy goes to generations and generations of Africa . Pan Africanism has been given to us Black people by our Grand forefathers to ensure and contnue to Safe Guard the Basic interests and Rights to the Existence of all Blacks on this planet and in this Universe as a whole . This is the Biggest Gift to us Blacks we can be proud of and therefore it is our due Rights to defend it with no Jokes . Many of our Forefathers have already been slaughtered by the enemies of Blacks for the purpose of Pan Africanism .
What the Hell is all about with such strage denominations like African Union ( AU ) and again now changing to another name United States of Africa ( USA) .
I hope this is not the Madness of some of the Africa puppet Leaders ( Western Anglo - American controlled ) mentors thinking for Africa and all the Blacks , once again .
The Real Shaming Of The African Leaders Of Oau And Au Today In Africa .
The shaming of the African Leaders of OAU / AU who forgot and forget about the true Role of Pan Africanism with its Head Quarters still at ARUA - ARU inside LADO in Africa .
Truely Pan Africanism aim was to free Africa from the Yoke of Colonial rule and to bring about Equality, Justice and Progress on the Continent Africa.but this was brought to an end by the creation of OAU as the most ineffective and disastrous Organization Africa ever had : a complete black - dark decades of existence creating caos only of disunity since from 1963 till today I am writing ; where Africa knows only of Conflicts, Starvation, Deseases and internal Conflicts on the continent while African leaders waste the resources of the member countries doing nothing to curb the conflicts on the Continent, but aggravating the conflicts more by the ill -fate spending money by the leaders that yield nothing .
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the so-called Headquarters of the OAU, is notorious for corruption and mismanagement. Even the OAU , now and still Headquarters of the new called African Union ( AU ) shamefully is never maintained to represent a site that holds the History and memories of Africa. The OAU gave deaf ear to the suffering of the African people from North to South, and from East to West . AU , futher more is maintaing this aptitude. One can argue therefore that the foundation of the OAU did not happen by accident. It was designed to keep Rulers such as Dr Kwame Nkurumah , Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Jommo Kenyatta of Kenya, Kenneth Kawunda of Zambia, Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea, William V. S. Tubman of Liberia, and many other seated Members in power for lifetime. This is what happened .
During the rule from Ethiopia, the OAU gave deaf ear to the suffering of the Eritrean and Ethiopian people. Under Haile Salasie , Mengistu , thousands of innocent children during the " Kind of Terror," the OAU did nothing . The Congo war , Uganda / Lado - Tanzanian war could not be stopped by the OAU . The OAU cannot pretend that its leadership in the Headquarters in Adis Ababa did not know of the atrocities committed in Africa, and worst still to know the cities of Asmara and many cities in Ethiopia and Eritrea could have been of immediate concern to Adis Ababa .
Right now even the African Union which of course replaces OAU is such devastating that it ignores to resolve conflicts between Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan; failure to resolve the internal conflicts in Liberia; Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone; and failure to pay attention to other regional conflicts like in Angola, Zimbambwe ,Uganda , Mozambique, Chad and Lado Polisario , Marrocco and Algeria.
Yet to read newspapers articles or watch televisione Nightmares on how African leaders, such as Mubuto of Zaire, Taylor of Liberia, Mengistu of Ethiopia and others loot their national Banks to enrich themselves and their Cronies. The OAU leadership never criticized these leaders, since the OAU leadership was also the leadership of Africa. Since I have always reported OAU turned out as only a away through to controll the Continent of Africa by the Europeans on a thought to give independence to the African people and to obliterate what the First Chairman of the Pan Africanism King Anacleto Atabua told to the rest of the African Chiefs / Leaders in the Confrence ( 1945 in Machester ) that Pan Africanism role as a Priority was to see that African Chiefs / Leaders should never have in thought to give away the Sovereign powers of their different Nations ( countries ) to the European Nations ( Countries ) ( cf : - The Broad View Legal Rights in the articles 6 and 15 of the European Berlin Treaty of 26th Feb , 1885 for the Colonisation of Africa ) . King Anacleto Atabua was killed for that reason by the British who today are occupying his Nation / Kingdom State - Lado in Sudan - Central Africa where there was to be the Headquarters of Pan Africanism in ARUA - ARU inside Lado . Dr Kwame Nkurumah , erroneosly , as the Secretary to the King ( after the death of the King ) should have followed the footsteps of the Kings Advice than accept to follow the British Advice to form the OAU for preparing the Africans to accept only independences to be given to African Nation /Countries . In these terms to be frank then , just look through in the articles of the Charter of OAU which is of importance for Africa ; articles 2 ,3 , 7 , what the Hell has the OAU done of it . What a disgrace to Africa and to Africans and the world at large. But the African OAU and today still of the AU leaders pretend still and this time forms the AU which in reality consists of the same members of the OAU, it has a different focus they say :: to fight poverty and corruption, abjugates for the economic recovery of Africa and hold members to a standard of Government and respect for human rights. But the whole truth here is that AU is moving in the same direction of the OAU because you see the Members of the AU talk of Business only and as usual. The AU is only one of the guarantors of the Algiers Agreement (UN, EU, and USA). So far, the AU has neglected its responsibility by not enforcing the decision of the Boarder Commission , an appropriate Treaty to be reached and abide on by the African people like the Europeans did to divide and cut line boundries in Africa to rule which they are doing till todate . Who doesn't know that all the African , ( especially the Sub - Sahara ) propeperly called Sudan ( Black Territories ) are merely Province Territories belonging to Europeans ?Why is the AU quiet on this important matter ?
One thing that comes to mind is that, the AU is corrupt and is following in the same footsteps like the OAU it has replaced . Nothing has changed, but the names only . I believe that the OAU is alive and kicking and enjoying the good life in the Buffets of Addis Ababa and elsewhere in and outside Africa . If Africa's corrupt leaders cannot curb corruption in their own countries, what makes one to believe that they will bring about changes in the AU and reall Mother Africa ? It was a wishful thinking anyway .
Well , we all know now that AU is at a crossroad and failing at this point and is only spelling its in-effectiveness. What a price to pay when in a short time yet AU is planning to change name to United States of Africa ( USA ) .
Why is the international Community quiet?
I am sure of one thing , the International community enforces the ruling of the Gangs in Addis Aba and elsewhere in Africa to implement this ruling. It is so clear the hypocrisy of this International Community. Common sense tells you when seeing large amounts of money are beeing approved by the United Nations body ( UN ) , UN quickly does to implement the demarcation and move their Peacekeepers ( properly to be called UN warriors ) and to save this amount of money .
At present the UN is involved in several conflicts throughout the world. They need every dollar they can save and after all the UN is one of the guarantors of the Algiers agreement for Africa .
The one out of many Secretary General of the UN, Kofi Annan, was more concerned about his image rather than save millions of African lives. Because of his indecision , over million Rwandese died. He turned blind eye and death ear to the Rwandan situation. I am sure the blood of the Rwandese is hunting him at this time. Sometime one would think , Kofi Annan a Ghanaian National , fully of African Affairs knowledge would have tended and taken a lot of effort to assist Africa, unfortunately during his tenure more Africans died : in Rwanda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sierra Leon, Liberia, Congo, Sudan, Somalia , Polisario , Lado , etc ..... .
It is high time for a Secretary General to play a positive role in Africa than what has been done up to now . He shouldn't worry more about his personal image than living millions of people dying each day from conflicts, diseases, and starvation as it is the responsibility of the so called International Community .
For example , for quite a long tme the independence issue of LADO in Sudan -Central Africa is still lying in the circle of United Nations ambit since from 1947 till today and also this includes the independence issues of St Helen and Polisario ( South - West Sahara ) in Africa today .