The late Father Zimbabwe, Dr Joshua Nkomo’s Pan African legacy stands as testimony of sacrifices which many of his calibre made in their lifetime.
The history of Pan Africanism cannot be complete if memories of such luminaries are not fully preserved.
In the centre of the City of Kings, Bulawayo stands a reminder of one of the founding fathers of liberation movements of Africa.
On a day like this one (Africa Day), reflections of how far the continent has come are made.
It is simply a story of Africa’s determination to take charge of its destiny.
A political struggle that was birthed by the vision of greats such as Ghana’s founding father, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, who insisted that there was no negotiation, Africa had to be free from colonialism.
This is what Africa Day is about.
“We must therefore deal with the issue of African unity now. For only unity will deal with demarcations and regional divisions created by colonial designs,” said Dr Nkrumah back in 1963.
When Zimbabwe’s colonisers took over the country, it was under a Cape to Cairo vision of Cecil John Rhodes.
Fast forward to the formation of the Organization of African Unity in 1963, then was born the vision of African political brotherhood, which challenged Rhodes’ Cape to Cairo imperial vision with its own Cape to Cairo black African unity vision.
Many years after that historic day, the nationalist Dr Nkomo whose statute was put along a street also named after him in Bulawayo stands facing northwards.
The late Father Zimbabwe spoke about the restoration of the stolen dignity and resources of the blacks, mainly land.
“The colonialists stole the land. Our struggle is about the land and will always be about the land,” Dr Nkomo said some time back.
For physical images like the Father Zimbabwe statue along the streets of Bulawayo, building more permanent ones should translate even to the mental domains to ensure immortality of great African struggle icons.
Most people come here to take selfies and capture other photographic moments while taking pride in the Father Zimbabwe legacy especially on a day like this one.