Only 30 guests to attend Uganda Heroes’ Day. 5 Greatest African Heroes here
Minister for the Presidency Hon. Esther Mbayo has confirmed that today is a public holiday as Uganda celebrates the 31st Heroes’ Day.
It will be held in a “scientific” way and President Museveni will preside over the commemoration from State House Entebbe with only 30 guests under the theme ‘Celebrating a Memorable Day as we reflect on the selflessness of the heroes who put Nation above all else.’
5 Greatest African Heroes of All Time.
- ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF (Stateslady, Liberia)
Ellen is one of those women that continue to inspire the girl-child. Her successes are numerous, including being Africa’s first elected female Head of State.She has also been ranked among the top 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes (2012), the first most powerful woman in Africa (Forbes Africa 2011); among the 10 best leaders in the world (Newsweek, 2010); among top 10 female leaders (Time, 2010); called ‘the best President the country has ever had’ (The Economist, 2010); and as one of the six “Women of the Year” (Glamour, 2010).
- KOFI ANNAN (Diplomat, Ghana)
The first African to be elected from the ranks of UN staff, Kofi Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations. One of his biggest contributions what he calls his “personal priority” is the fight against HIV/AIDS. Annan will be remembered both for his Five-Point Call to Action to combat the pandemic, and the creation of the Global AIDS and Health Fund which eventually earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. The fund has been instrumental in fighting HIV/AIDS and reducing its prevalence considerably through various interventions. So far, it has received some US$1.5 billion in pledges and contributions.
- WANGARI MAATHAI (Environmentalist, Kenya)
“African women in general need to know that it’s OK for them to be the way they are, to see the way they are as strength, and to be liberated from fear and silence.” That’s what Wangari Maathai said once. Those words didn’t shock anyone, given her drive as an African woman and her relentless fight for women’s liberation. Little wonder, then, that Wangari was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctoral degree.
- CHINUA ACHEBE (Novelist, Nigeria)
Everybody has heard of the 1958 novel Things Fall Apart, the groundbreaking account that began Chinua Achebe’s path to being one of Africa’s most prominent literary figures. The book has sold over 12 million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages. Chinua Achebe fought colonialism and Western biases through his writing, but more importantly he sought to revive literature and to rewrite the story of a continent that had long been told by Western voices. As well as influencing African writing, Achebe’s work contained strong moral energy that captured the loss that faced many Africans as Western empires invaded and threatened their lives.
- NELSON MANDELA (Statesman, South Africa)
A man is born in 1918, in Transkei, South Africa. He flees to Johannesburg to avoid an arranged marriage. Works as a watchman and then a clerk as he pursues a degree in law. Activism knocks at his door and he joins the African National Congress, establishing a youth league with one Oliver Tambo and so begins the fight against apartheid. The man and seven defendants are brought before a judge in the famous Rivonia Trial. They escape the gallows but face life imprisonment. The man, after the sentence, says defiantly: “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal that I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
Aaron Ainomugisha, editorial https://twitter.com/AaronAinomugis3