In his famous “I am an African,” speech, which he delivered at the adoption of the The Republic of South Africa Constitution Bill in , Thabo Mbeki seeks to. Thabo Mbeki’s I Am An African speech was echoed in night vigils, In poetry and history, former president Mbeki dared to tell Africans that we. Nope, it’s not former South African’s president Thabo Mbeki’s most memorable speech. It is in actuality the beginning of an iconic speech in.

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Together with the best in the world, we too are prone to pettiness, to petulance, selfishness and short-sightedness. I am formed of the migrants who left Europe to find a new home on our native land. Whatever the setbacks mmbeki the moment, nothing can stop us now!

A human presence among all of these, a feature on the face of our native land thus defined, I know that africaan dare challenge me when I say – I am an African! You are commenting using your Facebook account. I have seen concrete expression of the denial of the dignity of a human being emanating from the conscious, systemic and systematic oppressive and repressive activities of other human beings. The African people, although not a strictly homogeneous race, possess a common fundamental sentiment which is everywhere manifest, crystallizing mbwki into one common controlling idea.

I could have spoken of the pyramids of Ethiopia, which, though inferior in size to those of Egypt, far surpass them in ma beauty; their sepulchres which evince the highest purity of taste, and of many prehistoric ruins in other parts of Africa. Whatever the circumstances they have lived through and because of that experience, they are determined to define for themselves who they are and who they should be.


These monuments are the indestructible memorials of their great and original genius. It aims to open the doors so that those who were disadvantaged can assume their place in society as equals with their fellow human beings without regards to colour, to race, to gender, to age or to geographic dispersal. You find them in Edinburgh, in Cambridge, and in the great schools of Germany. I make this request not from any fear that such comparison might bring humiliation upon Africa.

It gives concrete expression to the sentiment we share as Africans, and will defend to the death, mbekl the people shall govern. He will tell of a race whose onward tide was often swelled with tears, but in whose heart bondage has not quenched the fire of former years. Gloria est consequenda – Glory must be sought after. Calhoun, I believe, was the most philosophical of all the slaveholders. The most essential departure of this new civilization is that it shall be thoroughly spiritual and humanistic -indeed a regeneration moral and eternal!

This is a savage road to which nobody should be condemned. It is a firm assertion made by ourselves that South Africa belongs acrican all who live in it, Black and White. I have experience afrian the situation in which race and colour is aafrican to enrich some and impoverish the rest.

Because xn that, I am also able to state this fundamental truth that I am born of a people who are heroes and heroines. This influence constitutes the very essence of efficient progress and of civilization.

Languages Afrikaans Edit links. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here At times, and in fear, I have wondered whether I should concede equal citizenship of our country to the leopard and the lion, the elephant and the springbok, the hyena, the black mamba and the pestilential mosquito. The regeneration of Africa means that a new and unique civilization is soon to be added to the world. What might have been the sensation kindled by the Greek syntax in the mind of the famous Southerner, I have so far been unable to discover; but oh, I envy the moment that was lost!


“I am an African” by Thabo Mbeki, South African President. | The African Way

Yes, the regeneration of Africa belongs to this new and powerful period! The Constitution whose adoption we celebrate constitutes an unequivocal statement that we refuse to accept that our African-ness shall be defined by our race, our colour, our gender or our historical origins. These return to their country like arrows, to o darkness from the land.

Among us prowl the products of our immoral and amoral past – killers who have no sense of the worth of human life, rapists who have absolute disdain for the women of our country, animals who would seek to benefit from the vulnerability of the children, the disabled, and the old, the rapacious who brook mbeoi obstacle in their quest for self-enrichment. Ladies and gentlemen, the day of great exploring expeditions in Africa is over! It may arise anywhere and in any race.

My thesis stands on this truth; time has proved it.

I Am an African

The evolution of humanity says that Africa reaffirms that she is continuing her rise from the ashes. Their proud dignity informs my bearing, their culture a part of my essence.

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