In his famous “I am an African,” speech, which he delivered at the adoption of the The Republic of South Africa Constitution Bill in , Thabo Mbeki seeks to. Thabo Mbeki’s I Am An African speech was echoed in night vigils, In poetry and history, former president Mbeki dared to tell Africans that we. Nope, it’s not former South African’s president Thabo Mbeki’s most memorable speech. It is in actuality the beginning of an iconic speech in.

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Come with me to the ancient capital of Egypt, Thebes, the city of one hundred gates. Ghabo knows his home now in a sense never known before. Whatever the difficulties, Africa shall be at peace!

I have seen concrete expression of the denial of the dignity of a human being emanating from the conscious, systemic and systematic oppressive and repressive activities of other human beings. Conflicts and strife are rapidly disappearing before the fusing force of this enlightened perception of the true intertribal relation, which relation should subsist among a people with a common destiny.

If you could go with me to the oppressed Congos and ask, What does it mean, that now, for liberty, they fight like men and die like martyrs; if you would go with me to Bechuanaland, face their council of headmen and ask what motives caused them recently to decree so emphatically that alcoholic drinks shall not enter their country — visit their king, Khama, ask for what cause he leaves the gold and ivory palace of his ancestors, its mountain strongholds and all its august ceremony, to wander daily from village to village through all his kingdom, without a guard or any decoration of his rank — a preacher of industry and education, and an apostle of the new order of things; if you would ask Menelik what means this that Abyssinia is now looking across the ocean — oh, if you could read the letters that come to us from Zululand — you too would be convinced that the elevation of the African race is evidently a part of the new order of things that belong to this new and powerful period.


“I am an African” by Thabo Mbeki, South African President.

The giant is awakening! My body has frozen in our frosts and in our latter-day snows. Calhoun, I believe, was the most philosophical of all the slaveholders. Perhaps the worst among these, who are my people, are those who have learnt to kill for a wage. I am formed of the migrants who left Europe to find a new home on our native land. I make this request not from any fear that afrivan comparison might bring humiliation upon Africa.

I am he who made it possible to trade in the world markets in diamonds, in gold, in the same food for which our stomachs yearn.

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I know what it signifies when race and colour are used to determine who is human and who, sub-human. It has thawed in africaj warmth of our sunshine and melted in the heat of the midday sun. This gives them a clear perception of their elemental needs and of their undeveloped powers.

Retrieved aj ” https: Afrifan is a mystery through all ages and for all time. I am of a nation that would not allow that fear of death, of torture, of imprisonment, of exile or persecution should result in the perpetuation of injustice. The Constitution whose adoption we celebrate constitutes an unequivocal statement that we refuse to accept that our African-ness shall be defined by our race, our colour, our gender or our historical origins.

My thesis stands on this truth; afrjcan has proved it. In such ruins Africa is like the golden sun, that, having sunk beneath the western horizon, still plays upon the world which he sustained and enlightened in his career. Civilization resembles an organic being in its development-it is born, it perishes, and it can propagate itself.

By this term regeneration I wish to be understood to mean the entrance into a new life, embracing the diverse phases of a higher, complex existence. All the glory of Egypt belongs to Africa and her people. Her Congo and her Gambia whitened with commerce, her crowded cities sending forth the hum of business, and all her sons employed in advancing the victories of peace-greater and more abiding than the spoils of war.


The dramatic shapes of the Drakensberg, the soil-coloured waters of the Lekoa, iGqili noThukela, and the sands of the Kgalagadi, have all been panels of the set on the natural stage on which we act out the foolish deeds of the theatre of the day.

An attempt to compare them on the basis of ppem can never be finally satisfactory. In my veins courses the blood of the Malay slaves who came from the East. The most essential departure of this new civilization is that it shall be thoroughly spiritual and humanistic -indeed a regeneration moral and eternal!

I have seen the corruption of minds and souls as a result of the pursuit of an ignoble effort to perpetrate a veritable crime against humanity.

The African is not a proletarian in the world of science and art. The pain of the violent conflict that the peoples of Liberia, and of Somalia, of the Sudan, of Burundi and Algeria is a pain I also bear. Catch in your hand, if you please, the gentle flakes of snow.

“I am an African” an iconic speech by a former president of the ANC

This article needs additional citations for verification. Notify me of new posts via email. You find them in Edinburgh, in Cambridge, and in the great schools of Germany. The reason I have stated,-a common standard is impossible! The stripes they bore on their bodies from the lash of the slave master are a reminder embossed on my consciousness of what should not be done.

This page was last edited on 7 Septemberat To these the extent of death is directly proportional to their personal welfare. Being part of all of these people, and in the knowledge that none dares contest that assertion, I shall claim that – I am an African.