Professor Patrick Lock Otieno Lumumba, the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya School of Law, has admonished Africans to heed to the Late Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s call for African unity, else the continent would be colonised again.
Delivering the last of this year’s Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lecture at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) on the topic “Social Cohesion: A call for African Unity” on Wednesday, he cautioned that the re-colonisation of the continent would be more pernicious.
Prof. Lumumba described African leaders as “perhaps, the curse of the continent,” indicating that until they changed their ideology of the occupation of political office and leadership, the continent would not move in the positive direction.
The three-day lecture series, the 11th since its institution by the UCC in 1974 and inauguration in November 1976, was on the theme: “Africa Must Rise”. It is to honour Ghana’s First President who would have been 107 years old this year if alive.
Prof. Lumumba, the human right advocate and prolific writer, said the only way the continent could realise its potential was through unity stressing that unity, did not mean the traditional intuitions should be shot aside, but must be integrated in the modern way of doing things.
He said divide and rule had been a method used against the continent under the guise of Francophone and Anglophone.
He expressed worry that despite the many resources the continent was endowed with, it had allowed itself to be taken advantage of, and instead of harnessing the resources, they have become submissive to the former colonial masters and more recently China.
Prof. Lumumba said the late Dr. Nkrumah foretold that the antidote to the malady of disunity was unity, explaining that the call did not mean cultural differences should be discarded but blended together.
He asked African leaders to realise that political office was an honour and privilege, required servant leadership, and not for privatisation of public wealth.
He said Africans treated politicians as demi gods.
Prof. Lumumba, apologised on behalf of those who overthrew Dr. Nkrumah from office, describing him as one of the greatest leaders of Africa.
The Vice Chancellor of UCC, Prof. Domwini D. Kuupole, said the lecture series was a tribute to the late president, who founded the university, and a platform for intellectual discourse on issues affecting the black world and the pan Africanist agenda espoused by the Late Dr. Nkrumah.
The University conferred an honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.), Honoris Causa, on Prof. Lumumba, for his service to humanity. This brings to 38 the number of personalities the University has so far honoured since its institution.
From Jonathan Donkor, Cape Coast