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Africa Day is a time to ask for a share of Africa’s riches

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Africa Day is a time to ask for a share of Africa’s riches

There’s much singing and dancing and not enough reflection on how the dignity of ordinary people can be restored

Editor: TimesLIVE

Africa Day has come and gone. Some regalia, last worn on Heritage Day last year, were dusted off and put on for many to see how proud we are of our roots. Others, barely covered, sang and gleefully danced the day away. 

Those with access to microphones made great speeches, well, assuming this time they chose to be original. On other days, they simply check what they said on Africa Day the year prior, make updates and use different English to say the same thing. 

Others use this day, or this month, to show us how much of Kwame Nkrumah they can quote. This list includes other illustrious sons of the continent such as Patrice Lumumba, Julius Nyerere, Thomas Sankara, Leopold Sedar Senghor and so forth. For them, to find a gem to share from these giants is to be a radical African, to show one’s intellectual prowess, and that constitutes the best way to pay homage to Africa’s finest. ..

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