African Heroes Month (Amilcar Cabral)


Today’s feature for #AfricaHeroesMonth is Guinea-Bissau’s Amilcar Cabral.

Amílcar Lopes da Costa Cabral, born on 12 September 1924 was one of Africa’s foremost anti-colonial leaders who led the independence movement of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde Islands.

Amílcar Lopes Cabral was founder and secretary-general of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape (PAIGC), who helped lead Guinea-Bissau to independence. He was a leading African thinker of the 20th century and a committed Pan-Africanist.

In preparation for the independence war, Cabral set up training camps in Ghana with the permission of Kwame Nkrumah. Cabral realized the war effort could be sustained only if his troops could be fed and taught to live off the land alongside the larger populace. Being an agronomist, he taught his troops to teach local crop growers better farming techniques, so that they could increase productivity and be able to feed their own family and tribe, as well as the soldiers enlisted in the PAIGC’s military wing.

He was assassinated on 20 January 1973, about eight months before Guinea-Bissau’s unilateral declaration of independence.

Amílcar Cabral International Airport, Cape Verde’s principal international airport, is named in his honor.

To end, here’s an important quote by the great Amilcar Cabral:

“We are fighting so that insults may no longer rule our countries, martyred and scorned for centuries, so that our peoples may never more be exploited by imperialists not only by people with white skin, because we do not confuse exploitation or exploiters with the colour of men’s skins; we do not want any exploitation in our countries, not even by black people.”




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