Patrice Emery Lumumba was one of the foremost African revolutionaries who had envisioned better futures for their countries. He was from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and he was assassinated in a coup in 1961.
He was the first democratically-elected leader from his country. He played a very pivotal role in fighting colonialism, exploitation and injustices. His role in freeing the DRC from the firm grip of the Belgians was of unparalleled magnitude.
Below are ten quotes from him that are worthwhile and memorable:
1. “The colonialists care nothing for Africa for her own sake. They are attracted by African riches and their actions are guided by the desire to preserve their interests in Africa against the wishes of the African people. For the colonialists all means are good if they help them to possess these riches”. Speech at the All-African Conference in Leopoldville August, 1960.
2. “Political independence has no meaning if it is not accompanied by rapid economic and social development”. Speech at the All-African Conference in Leopoldville August, 1960
3. “Without dignity there is no liberty, without justice there is no dignity, and without independence there are no free men”. Letter to his wife, Letter from Thysville Prison, Congo, My Country.
4. “A minimum of comfort is necessary for the practice of virtue”. Congo, My Country.
5. “The day will come when history will speak. But it will not be the history which will be taught in Brussels, Paris, Washington or the United Nations…Africa will write its own history and in both north and south it will be a history of glory and dignity”. Letter from Thysville Prison to Mrs. Lumumba.
6. “[T]he only thing which we wanted for our country is the right to a worthy life, to dignity without pretence, to independence without restrictions. This was never the desire of the Belgian colonialists and their Western allies…” Letter from Thysville Prison to Mrs. Lumumba.
7. “These divisions, which the colonial powers have always exploited the better to dominate us, have played an important role — and are still playing that role — in the suicide of Africa”. African Unity and National Independence speech, March, 1959.
8. “We know that Africa is neither French, nor British, nor American, nor Russian, that it is African. We know the objects of the West. Yesterday they divided us on the level of a tribe, clan and village…They want to create antagonistic blocs, satellites…” Speech at the opening of the All-African Conference in Leopoldville August 25,1960.
9. “No one is perfect in this imperfect world”. Congo, My Country.
10. “African unity and solidarity are no longer dreams. They must be expressed in decisions”. Speech at the opening of the All-African Conference in Leopoldville August 25,1960.
Extracted from http://thisisafrica.me