One of Africa’s most respected nationalists, Amilcar Cabral who was assassinated in 1973, aged just 48.
A charismatic leader, Cabral led the nationalist movement of Guinea-Bissau and Cabo Verde Islands and led the war of independence in Guinea-Bissau.
He was assassinated on 20 January 1973, about eight months before Guinea-Bissau's unilateral declaration of independence, and just over two and a half years before Cabo Verde would also gain its freedom.
Born in Guinea-Bissau, Cabral was an agricultural Engineer, nationalist, Pan-Africanist, writer, and political leader.
He was educated in Lisbon, where he helped to form the Centro de Estudos Africanos (1948). In 1962 Cabral took his party into an open war for the independence of Portuguese Guinea.
The nationalist remains one of Africa’s foremost freedom fighters, and anti-colonial leaders whose legacy influenced a generation of Pan-African nationalists and freedom fighters.
We remember Cabral, and pay homage to this African hero, who fervently fought against western colonialism and exploitation.