Of one thing I’m sure, that this is a diary of private thoughts from past experiences. A description of the process for forming a base of collective encouragement. For so long, the people sought in vain for an ideological strength to align themselves with. Not long from the hour of humiliation, their radical views placed them inside the mainstream of the movement.
Pan Africanism has been considered a vehicle of liberation; that the people find it worthy to sacrifice themselves, in the creation of a path suitable for the wheels of this vehicle. We all had imagined this perfectly built vehicle delivering us to independence; but imagining (that) vehicle without our duty was impossible.
The zealous reformers and loyalists of Pan Africanism frequently visited our homes in the evening, sometimes, in the afternoon. They would volunteer to read, and mostly they would talk about mother Africa and Pan Africanism. Distributing to us their documents. I’ve never seen well informed people such as they were. Quoting line after line from their documents. These formidable Pan Africanists motivated us with their motto ‘It will all be gone tomorrow’, that brought hope in us.
Our conscious was awaken; the senses of our thoughts were brought back to life. As a tradition, we began to read, exploring the merits of our identity. Deputizing ourselves to the protest against prejudice. The African culture is fully embraced as a foundation upon which development can be implemented. The philosophy of Africanism expanded from section to section, from one town to another. The willingness and resoluteness to dismantle the dehumanisation of African people was reborn in Africans.
The possibility of the existence of liberation was depending on our dedication to the movement of liberation. From the practise of theoretical consciousness to practical decolonisation of the mind, dialectic discourse was formed; to create a workable plan. Thus, Pan Africanism became a symbol of hope; an emblem of African restoration and a flag of unity. From unconsciousness to consciousness; we became advocates of the movement of liberation. We were visiting homes, doing public talks and public reading; enlightening African people about the power they possess when they are united.
We are deeply motivated and caught up with the aims of the movement. however, social tensions were manifested in a recent incident. News are spreading that, last night a group of fellow Pan Africanists held a social gathering; in the middle of the gathering, white policemen came out of nowhere and violently dispersed the crowd. They lost everything, including their important documents. This morning, four white policemen came to do a follow up to the names that were in those papers. Fortunately, no arrests have been made but they promised to be around soon. On the positive side, none of what happened seemed to have scared these fellow Pan Africanists, in fact, it elevated their energies.
The potential to carry Pan African ideology grew much stronger, and we stood collected, fighting in national struggle for Pan-Africanism. The vision of liberation was realised. Pan Africanism is a vision that seeks to replace the dignity of an African and of Africa, to their rightful position. To this day, we are assured of the capability of achieving this milestone, through keeping intact the principal ambitions of Pan Africanism.
However, this vision has been disturbed by several arrests of Pan Africanists. In safeguarding the existence of the movement, we began operating underground. The ideas of the movement were spread across every place African people occupied, such as; churches, schools and other public places. The useful method we are applying against the police is, to continuously stand firm in our mission. One thing that intimidate the police and their leaders, is the radical proposals and total persistence to the cause.
I began travelling with some of the members of the movement, spreading the ideas of the movement; crossing the dangerous boundaries that run parallel to death. Meeting exciting characters, with towering knowledge about the movement; fine Pan Africanist orators. experimenting their ways of attaining courage in the face of adversity. We began writing our own accounts, as a reflection to our thoughts and experiences about the struggle for Pan Africanism. Being a tireless campaigner for Pan Africanism comes with many lessons, one of which is knowing oneself.
We are united by a vision of (re)storing and (re)branding mother Africa. Under the umbrella of Pan-Africanism, our thoughts are attended by a colourful vision that produces the creation of faith in our capability. In the capacity of the struggle for equality, Pan Africanism is a movement of change and ideas. Therefore, in the protest for the expansion of the movement, these ideas become vital for the practical change.
An extremely blazing purpose inside me, led me in carrying my mission to my fellow brothers and sisters, who happen to be on the edge of the horizon; crossing the divided lands. This, to me, appeared to be my calling; a prophecy I was sent to fulfil before the day of my existence. As a result, I’m fulfilling the historical mission. Africa is a teacher with everlasting lessons which, intentionally or unintentionally are emulated by other places. A land that glitters with true nature; a land of nature’s rich melodious voices.
The beauty of Africa demands its reputation of love, peace and happiness through equality. The passion of restoring an African reputation in Pan Africanism, is motivated by a duty to represent for Africa and its people. As hard as it is, my mind got caught by an unshakable loyalty and dedication to the movement. When those whom we walked together the mile of service to Africa had fallen, none did that affected the continuation of my service for the movement. in fact, it gave me a reason to strive for.
At times of arrest, in prison, we would motivate each other by chanting freedom songs that rekindles the cause of struggle. For strength, my sole is attended by prayer. This, indeed is a struggle for existence of Pan Africanism. In the mist of the struggle, in the dawn of resistance; we emerge victorious. When it was all over, a victory of the struggle that left deep scars in my soul healed my Africa. Liberty hummed hymns of change. The tears of joy slowly paved down my cheeks, as a symbol of deep affection. This has been a struggle worth fighting, for a nation struggling to free itself from the shackles of colonialism. Pan Africanism continues to administer for change and morality through equality; which dismantles inequality and superiority through unity. More than anything, this is a diary of the incarnation of mind, which forms the present and the past.