Cuba has been involved in African politics over the years and it is no secret. Whether it is providing financial, military and sometimes medical resources throughout the African Continent, Cubans definitely believe that their freedom is tied to the Freedom of Africa!
On my first visit to Cuba, I had the priviledge of visiting The African Heroes Park – A whole park dedicated to the various revolutionaries and heroes that Africa has known. The African Heroes Park houses the busts of Kwame Nkrumah, Amilcar Cabral, Modibo Keita, Laurent Kabila, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Patrice Lumumba, Sir Seretse Khama, Omar Mokhtar, Samora Machel, Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane, Agostinho Neto and Marien Ngouabi.
I felt the love!
Modibo Keita – The First President of Mali
Amilcar Cabral – Guinea-Bissauan and Cape Verdean agricultural engineer, writer, and a nationalist thinker and political leader. He was also one of Africa’s foremost anti-colonial leaders
Dr. Kwame Nkruma – led Ghana to independence from Britain in 1957 and served as its first Prime Minister and President.
Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane served as the founding President of the Mozambican Liberation Front from 1962, the year that FRELIMO was founded in Tanzania, until his assassination in 1969
António Agostinho Neto served as the first President of Angola, having led the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola in the war for independence
Heroes of the Nigerian Independence
Dr. Laurent Kabila
Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein was the second President of Egypt, serving from 1956 until his death. A leader of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 against the monarchy.
Omar Mukhtar, of the Mnifa, was born in the small village of Zanzour, near Tobruk in eastern Barqa in Libya. Beginning in 1912, he organized and, for nearly twenty years, led native resistance to Italian colonization of Libya
Oliver Reginald Tambo was a South African anti-apartheid politician and revolutionary who served as President of the African National Congress from 1967 to 1991