Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Biko at Heroes Banquet

I STILL remember the words of Kwame Toure when he addressed a stadium full of members of the Black Consciousness family on September 12, 1997, in King William's Town, that Biko was as well known outside as in his own home country.
That is why I am not shocked to discover how Joyce Anim-Ayeko of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation felt a sense of exhilaration and awe when seeing his grave.
I have an undying belief that sooner in the continuum of the progress of our people, there shall be a heroes' banquet, and the likes of Biko, Muntu ka Myeza, Mthuli ka Shezi, Onkgopotse Tiro, Mapetla Mohapi and so many heroes who were never quoted in this country will march forward carrying banners of victory, scorning all form of human degradation and perpetuated human psychological execution.
Most of us shall wait for that day. And Biko the Tower shall occupy his place in the political rung. There will be a public holiday to allow those who want to commemorate (not celebrate) his death to do so.

Funani ka Ntontela
Daily Dispatch (August 3, 2000)

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