Let our history guide us

南アフリカ, 2012年, ヌコサザナ·ドラミニ=ズマ

Last month South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma became the first woman to lead the African Union.

After being elected, she made the following acceptance speech. She concludes (at 9:45) with a quote from Marcus Garvey, who led a ‘Back to Africa’ movement in the United States in the late 1910s and early 1920s.

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I would like to conclude with a quote from one of our most renowned pan-Africanists, Marcus Garvey, who said, I quote:

“The history of a movement, the history of a nation, the history of a race, is the guidepost of that movement’s destiny, that nation’s destiny, that race’s destiny.”

As we emerge from this summit, let our history guide us to ensure that, as we move forward, the Africa we bequeath to our children is better than the one we inherited.

Let us commit to working together towards a glorious destiny for all our peoples.

I thank you.

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“While she [Dlamini-Zuma] may have defeated the incumbent, French-speaker Jean Ping of Gabon, she has refused to be labelled as an English-speaking candidate. ‘I am not Anglophone, I’m Zulu,’ she said.”
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa’s iron lady (Radio Netherlands Worldwide, July 15th 2012)

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