Paying Tribute to Pioneers of Pan Africanism

Modibo Kambon Karamoko
Secretary, Afrikan Nationalist Patriotic Movement
Trinidad and Tobago

We must pay tribute to great pioneers such as Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Edward Wilmont Blydwn, Kwame Nkrumah, Yosef Ben-Jochannnan, Kwame Ture, Robert Mugabe, Akintola Shaka Agaja, Elijah Muhammed, Patrice Lumumba and many others. Pan Africanism is an international African philosophy created by Africans in Africa and in the diaspora. The pan African philosophy is geared for unification, liberation, cultural and economic independence of Africa and African people everywhere.

The philosophy of Marxists Leninists is irrelevant for solving the problem of the African (we must point out here that Africa has its own traditional socio-economic system of communalism). Whether they go under the pseudonyms of Trotskism, Castroism, Maoism or Marxists-Leninism, these alien political ideologies have consistently sought to sap the lifeblood from African political thinking and sidetrack the struggle of African Liberation by undermining and sabotaging every African Nationalist effort. How do the Marxist-Leninists go about this? Simply by posing as revolutionaries who are equipped, with the one and only philosophy that can ‘save’ the African race. He who does not adhere to Marxist Leninist philosophy is not revolutionary but ‘counter-revolutionary’.

The root of our difficulty as Africans is our tendency to get high off non-African theories (Which is cultural enslavement) without looking at the men who make these theories. We, so readily and hastily quote Marx, Lenin, Trotsky and Aptheker not realising that these are just another set of white boys who are just as racist as John Vorster, Enoch Powel, Ian Smith etc etc. Each using his own special system of control, which is steeped in and based on white supremacy. The African Patriotic Movement sees the “Third World Philosophy” in the same manner as we see the Marxist-Leninist philosophy. We do not only know our history, but those of us who do forget and forgive too easily, or else have become traitors and opportunists. For most Africans students today white social ‘science’ is more valid that African history taught by Marcus Garvey, Yosef Ben Jochannnan, Chancellor Williams, Malcolm X because African history and the philosophy of Pan Africanism has never been taught to us scientifically.

In 1963, in Addis Ababa, with the brilliant idea of Kwame Nkrumah, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was formed. The purpose of the OAU is the liberation, unification and economic independence of the African continent so that Africans all over the world will be set free from colonialism, racism and economic exploitation

The programme of the Afrikan Nationalist Patriotic Movement is in accordance with the International Pan African Movement and its principles.

Our Programme is as follows:
a) Protecting the true African history and culture to our people who are deliberately mis-educated, destroying the inferiority complex and injecting into our African people a sense of pride in being African.
b) The Afrikan Nationalist Patriotic Movement is the caretaker for the African population to guard against their cultural, political, spiritual, and economic exploitation.
c) To assist in the liberation and general development of the African continent and African people in Trinidad and Tobago and the world over.
d) Establishing business ventures through the co-operative method in order to be “producers and not merely consumers”. To break the wicked cycle of dependency that now exists in our people caused by slavery, colonialism and capitalism.
e) Through the cultural art forms, to aid in the revival of the African languages (e.g Yoruba, Kiswahili, Amharic) dances, food, dress, names, spiritual belief and ceremonies, so that we will be truly independent physically, spiritually and mentally to see our problems and apply solutions from an African perspective and determine the goal and destiny of our race.

The Afrikan Nationalist Patriotic Movement will be holding in conjunction with the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) renamed the African Union (AU) and other Pan African Movements on Sunday May 28, a celebration at the Belmont Community Centre, Jerningham Avenue.

Originally printed in the Trinidad Express Newspaper.

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