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I met “Gqobs”, as he was affectionately called for the first time in Maseru, Lesotho in March 1963. It was at night time! He was with comrades like T.M. Ntantala, P.K. Leballo, Gason Ndlovu and Elliot Mfaxa.
Programme Director, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and gentlemen, It is an honour for me to speak to you at this important meeting of the OPEN SOCIETY AND INITIATIVE FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA. I like the name especially, the words Open and Initiative. We need openness and initiative in Africa.
I have been asked to speak on CREATING A COMMON AFRICAN BASE TO ENGAGE THE WORLD: A Pan Africanist Reflection. I shall humbly do so from a Pan Africanist perspective. You are the architects of Africa’s future and shapers of her present.
Now! How Do I Start?
Well, knowledge has been colonized and information manipulated in order to control the minds of African people, and achieve epistemological domination over them so as to undermine their national and continental interests. There is much that must be known, regained and done to restore Africa to her lost power and glory. Africa created the first human civilization on this planet. In adoration and admiration of the Africa he knew, that great Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar exclaimed, “Ex Africa semper aliquid novi!” (Out of Africa comes always something new).
The infamy of the 1936 Berlin Olympics has been recreated when African American athletes like Jesse Owens debunked the myth of racial superiority by winning four gold medals beating Europeans fair and square. It is like history is repeating itself.
The treatment of Caster Semenya at the World Athletics Championship in Berlin invokes sad memories that shouldn’t be repeated seventy-three years later when Adolf Hitler avoided to meet gold medalist Jesse Owens and also appeared to have spurned the event’s closing ceremony apparently because African Americans had disproved the baseless Nazi doctrine of Aryan superiority. The Nazis wanted to use the Olympics to show off Aryan athletes, whom they believed were naturally superior because of their race.