Heritage d’Amilcar Cabral et Dynamiques Identitaires en Guinee Bissau
This public lecture was given at the West African Research Center by Professor Tcherno Djalo, who is currently teaching at the Faculdade de Ciencia Politica, Lusofonia e Relacaoes Internacionais at the Universidade Lusofona of Lisbon.
Professor Djalo hailed the leadership, commitment and foresight of Dr. Amilcar Cabral, the prime mover of the liberation movement and guerilla war which culminated in the independence of Guinea Bissau and the Cape Verde
He clearly demonstrated that the present woes of Guinea Bissau are attributable to country’s having become independent without being a unified nation. A charismatic leader like Amilcar Cabral was needed at the time of independence to consolidate nationhood by working on the unification of all ethnic groups. Another factor accounting for the permanent political unrest in the country is the fact that the Bissauan freedom fighters never behaved as a well-organized and disciplined army. They have consequently kept seeking to control the political power and to challenge the legitimacy of political leaders.
Professor Djalo is the author of an essay entitled, “O Mestiço e o Poder: Identidades, Dominaçoes e Resistencias na Guinee” (“Mixed and Power: Identities, Dominations and Resistances in Guinee Bissau”).
The lecture was attended by 28 people, including Guinea Bissau nationals such as the Ambassador of Bissau in Senegal.