For today’s edition of the #AfricanHeroesMonth, we shine a light of Egyptian hero and revolutionary, Gamal Abdel Nasser who was the President of Egypt from 1954 till his death in 1970.
As a young boy in Egypt living under British rule, Nasser took part in many anti-British street demonstrations and constantly got in trouble with schoolteachers, some of them British.
Nasser is regarded as one of the greatest Pan-Africanists and was part famous Casablanca group of African leaders in 1963 who advocated for all newly independent African states to unite. He was also a very close ally of Kwame Nkrumah and offered Nkrumah asylum in Egypt after the Ghana coup in 1966.
Despite assassination attempts against him, Nasser was known for his accessibility and direct relationship with ordinary Egyptians. During his presidency, ordinary citizens enjoyed unprecedented access to housing, education, jobs, health services and nourishment, as well as other forms of social welfare.
Nasser’s funeral procession through Cairo on 1 October 1970 was attended by at least five million mourners with men, women, and children weeping and wailing in the streets in what was truly a testament to the great love his people had for him.