We can do more as Africans

At the centenary celebrations of the birth of former president Nelson Mandela at the Walter Sisulu University last week, one of Africa’s foremost intellectuals and orators, Professor Patrick Lumumba, delivered what I believe was one of the finest lectures on our late icon.

Lumumba reminded us of the racism and oppression of the apartheid state. Were it not for their efforts, Africans would have not been liberated from colonialism and near-slavery. South Africa, he said, has an unmatched record in producing leaders of the calibre of Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Pixley ka Seme, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Robert Sobukwe, enabling the country to liberate itself.

Economic emancipation, argued Lumumba, remains important. Africa’s success depends on visionary leadership, which should be given, for…

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