“We are the ones we have been waiting for,” Explo Nani Kofi.
THE UPRIGHT MAN
This is an inspiring quote from my pan-africanist friend Explo Nani Kofi. In life, we very often look too far away from ourselves, for solutions to the problems we face or have identified. We focus on the so called legendary figures or role models, and forget the strength that lies within ourselves. We underestimate our possibilities. For example, at least that is my view, the only difference between those we look up for and us is that they realised early on that they were the solution, and nobody else. Continue reading
We call for Rwandans and friends of Rwanda to join our campaign to demand for change in Rwanda in 2017.
The ruling regime in Rwanda has been forcing people to vote for a change in the constitution that will allow General Paul Kagame to rule Rwanda indefinitely. This is being paraded to the world as “the will of the people” however the reality is far from that. The people of Rwanda are oppressed and are facing at least another 7 years at the hands of a brutal regime without any say. Amahoriwacu campaign is advocating for a change in 2017. This is a demand that we believe will be met as Rwandans and friends of Rwanda join hands and stand up against a repressive regime that has destroyed the fabric of that nation of Rwanda.
Submitted to 94.1 KPFA Radio by Ann Garrison on Sat, 08/22/2015
Washington D.C.-based Ethiopian activist Obang Metho says that Ethiopian and Rwandan dictators have been allowed to terrorize their own people because they provide troops for the U.S, War on Terror. Metho is a founder of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia. Continue reading
Kagame personality in its particular characteristic of initiating and committing genocides in the Great Lakes region inspires artists. This is one of the results of his inspiration. At least once he won’t be around, his life will have served many purposes.
The theme that started the discussion wasn’t about identity and politics, but at the end, it came to be.
Initial exchanged views wondered why Rwanda was not officially represented in Washington at a ceremony awarding Donald Kaberuka a prize for his performance at the African Development Bank.
Beyond the absence of the official Rwanda at that ceremony, many sustained arguments questioned who was Rwandan or who was not. Could for example having ancestral roots or some remote relatives in the country entitles someone to being called Rwandan when they were born and raised or grew up outside? Continue reading
3rd Kilombo International Conference 19th September – 20th September 2015
Let’s not be blind this time. Too much African blood has passed under the bridge. Picture courtesy of DON’T BE BLIND THIS TIME. London 2013
This Conference is about bringing together grassroots community activists from the diaspora and the continent who share an interest in a self sufficient Africa. The conference will see activists share ideas, learn by sharing successes, failures and experiences. The Kilombo international Conference will continue to oppose the militarisation and proxy wars on the continent and the Global South. It will encourage democratic participation by the marginalised such as women and other groups. Kilombo Outposts across the African continent and the Diapora will give reports on their various activities in moving the Kilombo vision forward.
The conference package also includes a sightseeing trip on 21st September to some of Ghana’s reknown tourist destinations.
Kilombo is a word that comes from the Kimbundu language of the Angolan people. We chose this word because as Pan-Africanists, we looked for a word that comes from an indigenous African language and is a word for resistance. This word means launching pad for battle or settlement (fortress) of resistance. When reading the book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, by Walter Rodney, and looking at resistance to the occupation it covered, the word which lasted longest as one battle, was the Queen Nzingha-led resistance against Portuguese occupation. Queen Nzingha led the resistance from Kilombos.
When enslaved Africans were taken to South America, they introduced the word, Kilombo ( Quilombo) as a word of resistance with enslaved African revolts being organised from fortresses called quilombos, most well known examples were in Brazil (eg. Quilombo of Palmares).
Conference Brochure can be found here – if you are interested in attending email us at firstname.lastname@example.org