FRIENDS OF KWAME ADJIMAH
REMEMBERING KWAME AUSTE ADJIMAH (KABONGO) - (1959 – 1983)
This is to inform you of a Memorial Meeting for the late Kwame Adjimah. This will take place at the World Vision (Small Hall), Kpodzi, Ho, Volta Region, Ghana, on TUESDAY 19th JUNE 2012 at 1pm.
There are people who devote the whole of their youthful years to the course of social justice and Kwame Adjimah was one such person.
Kwame Adjimah was educated at Bishop Herman College, Kpandu, Ghana and later at Accra Polytechnic, Accra, Ghana.
He was one of those who in the late 1970s and early 1980s could be described as full time Aluta Errand Boys.
He was a leading member of the Ghana-Cuba Friendship Society and Editor of its mouthpiece, The Fraternal. He later became Coordinator of the Institute of Friendship with the People's of Latin America (IFPLA).
He was also a leading member of the June 4 Movement and the Socialist Revolutionary Youth League of Ghana (SRYLOG).
During the PNDC days in Ghana, he started as a cadre of the National Secretariat of the Interim National Coordinating Committee of the People's and Workers' Defence Committees. He was later transferred to the Volta Regional Secretariat of the National Defence Committee and had responsibility for Political Education in the Police PDCs. He was also a member of the United Front of the June 4 Movement and the People's Revolutionary League of Ghana.
Kwame was one those cadres detained for the PNDC for their enthusiastic role in campaign against IMF and World Bank dictates in our country. On 19 June 1983, Kwame escaped from detention and was on his way out of the country when he was arrested in Kpedze. On 21 June 1983, Kwame, was sent by Medium Mortar Regiment to Accra and the Search and Destroy team from the Castle met them at Airport Round About where the team killed Kwame and 4 others.
The Memorial Meeting on Tuesday 19th June 2012, will be addressed by Kwasi Adu, Chairman of the National Youth Organising Commission during the PNDC days, and Explo Nani-Kofi, the first Volta Regional Coordinator of People's and Workers Defence Committees during the PNDC period.
This is also part of a process to recognize all such people who had made contributions to the cause of social justice and have lost their lives.
All are invited to this event which is being organized by the Friends of Kwame Adjimah.
On Behalf of Friends of Kwame Adjimah. Ghana, 13 June 2012.
Received 20 June 2012
MESSAGE FROM MOUKOKO PRISO (ELENGA MBUYINGA) – AUTHOR PANAFRICANISM OR NEOCOLONIALISM THE BANKRUPTCY OF THE OAU, CAMEROUN.
TO ALL THOSE ATTENDING THE MEMORIAL MEETING
For Late Comrade Kwame Auste Adjimah
19 June 2012
Dear Comrades, Brothers and Sisters,
I beg you to accept these few words to salute the glorious memory of our Comrade and Brother in struggle Kwame Auste Adjimah, who was assassinated some nearly 30 years ago, by what must be termed as pro-imperialist forces in Ghana, because he was defending our common Panafricanist ideas which Osagyefo KWAME NKRUMAH and his comrades like Patrice LUMUMBA(of the Congo) and Félix Roland MOUMIE (of the UPC of Kamerun) left to us all throughout Africa.
Comrade Kwame Adjimah has won his place among all African Patriots who devoted their life to the great cause of Revolutionary Panafricanism, for a politically united Africa, for the United States of Africa with a Continental Union Government. We believe that every brother and sister here present who really want to praise comrade Kwame Adjimah's memory will do his best to actively and concretely contribute to the Renaissance of a ALL AFRICA PEOPLES' REVOLUTIONARY ORGANISATION. There seems to be no other way.
In this day of remembering him, I would like to beg you to put these my modest words alongside all those who have decided to say something and have been accepted to do so.
Forward Ever, Backward Never
MOUKOKO PRISO ( Elenga Mbuyinga )
Panafricanist and UPC Militant ( Kamerun )
MESSAGE FROM BABA OLUWIDE (BABAOMOJOLA), NIGERIA, militant trade unionist in the anti-colonial movement in Nigeria.
Thanks for the info on the late Cmrd Kwame ADJIMAH. It would be passed round. May the soul of the dearly departed enthuse us to continue the struggle for total freedom to conquest.
Socialist Revolution Vanguard Nigeria
MESSAGE FROM ABRAHAM BABA KANKANI, NORWAY (one of the two main architects of 19 June 1983 jail break)
MAY HIS GREAT WARIOR SOUL REST IN A PEFECT PEACE. PEOPLE ARE ENJOYING DEMOCRACY TODAY BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE KWAME GAVE UP THIER LIVES. TODAY THE CHIEF EXECUTIONER HAS BECOME A PSYCO. EXPLO I WISH I COULD BE THERE BUT AM WITH YOU IN SPIRIT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR TAKING THE INITIATIVE.
NANI YOU ARE THE KIND OF PERSON I CALL A LEADER. AT LAST AM ABLE TO BELEIVE AGAIN THERE IS A FUTURE AND A HISTORY FOR ALL. PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS FLAME DIE OUT. "WE NO GO SIT DOWN MAKE DEY CHEAT US. NEVER AGAIN", THE TRUTH WILL PREVAIL AND NO ONE CAN KILL HISTORY, MAY THE SOUL OF KWAME AND ALL THOSE IN HEAVEN REST IN PEACE. WE SURELY MEET THEM IN HEAVEN.
May the souls of all who died on june 19 1983 in GHANA rest in peace. The blood they spilled lead to the freedom we enjoy in GHANA today. I hope the opportunist in the Ghanaian parliament will recognize this day as the day for the fight for freedom when brave young men stood up to a tyrant.
MESSAGE FROM EVANS AFENYA, USA, activist at National Defence Committee Secreriat coordinating people's and workers defence committees in Volta and Ashanti Regions.
This memorial is very timely and brings to the fore, the memories of all the cadres who were murdered in cold blood years ago as one individual sought to impose and entrench himself in power for clearly selfish reasons and completely counter to the interests of the broad Ghanaian masses.
Comrade Kwame Adjimah's cold-blooded murder actually sent shivers down our spines at that time and served notice to all of us who had rejected and decided to resolutely struggle against the imposition of the IMF and World Bank diktat on Ghana to be on our guards. Even though some of us went "underground" to continue our struggles, most of us had to run out of Ghana in order to live to fight another day, I remember that some of our folks who remained behind in Ghana had to become devout church-going Catholics and christians in order to conceal their revolutionary credentials or risk death. Some of the unfortunate consequences were that the apostles of doom, neocolonialism, and imperialism gained all ground and used deceit of the moist unholy and criminal kind to foist a program of further neocolonial enslavement on our people. Today, the scorecard is very clear; the population has been heavily depoliticized and along with the destruction of the educational system by people who had no clue about what they were doing, all kinds of negative political trends and tendencies that include whipping up ethnic "nationalism" among the masses in attempts to divert their attention from the problems of illiteracy, ignorance, hunger, poverty, disease, etc. etc. have become the norm, one could keep going on ...
I cannot be at the memorial but I offer all my solidarity in this regard. The memorial should offer all the participants the opportunity to reflect on the past and provide the space for addressing the issues of which way forward for the Ghanaian and African people in their struggles for a better and more egalitarian world. Comrade Kwame and all the fallen heroes will rest in peace and be fondly present in our memories but their struggles should not be in vain!
I'll be glad if you could read this to the gathering, should you have time available.
MESSAGE FROM KOKU ADOMDZA, UK. Activist at the National Secretariat of the National Defence Committee coordinating people's and workers' defence committees and member of June 4 Movement
Thanks for copying me in - a bold initiative to honour a forgotten peoples' hero and other fallen, genuine, progressive, patriotic comrades.
Kwame Adjimah was a fierstly selfless activist, whose exuberance was infectious both in his presence and absence. I recall a few unforgettable moments including running two errands with him pre-1983 from Legon to Ho Mortar Regiment and it was great fun but serious business. Gone too soon; Sorely missed!
Unbelievable that the real genuine revolutionaries are easily forgotten by the 'latter day saints', completely oblivious to past sacrifices that made it possible for them, whose opportunism is revealed with the acid test of power and position, preferring to lord it over, rather than serve - blood on their hands....
Let's also not forget those selfless comrades who are alive, but have been severely marginalised such as Ahot-Mensah, also formerly of the INCC/National Defence Committee who is now banished to the Kpetoe District, suffering mental health problems due to frustration and neglect.
Will endeavour to attend if in Ghana at the time.
RIP KABONGO. ALUTA CONTINUA!
Koku Adomdza FRSA, MIOD Life, MIHM, DPMSA
MESSAGE FROM PASTOR CYRIL WILLIAMS (MICHAEL AKPOSOE), CANADA, National Secretariat of National Defence Committee coordinating people's and workers' defence committees and member of the New Democratic Movement
Explo and All,
Pse find below response to your post re above subject from Micky Tee - Mike Akposoe nee Rev Cyril williams, Canada.
I have also copied this to Judd - formerly of NYOC/INCC/National Defence Committee, who is currently Regional Audit Head, Ho whom you may laiase with as appropriate.
Koku Adomdza FRSA, MIOD Life, MIHM, DPMSA
Thanks for the information. Kwame will well be remembered for his stand as a cadre who stood for justice for the country Ghana.
May his soul rest in peace and his vision not perish, but we need to stand up as cadres and continue where we left.
MESSAGE FROM TRACY O-K MOULD, UK, member of Socialist Revolutionary League of Ghana (SRYLOG) and Movement On National Affairs (MONAS)
Do the four other's names not deserve mentioning and remembered?
The four others' names deserve mentioning and remembered.
Unfortunately, I set on this programme to remember Kwame Adjimah as a personal friend fallen in circumstances that I could have been in as we were both escaping.
It was only on Tuesday that I managed to track down the soldier who drove the military that sent him to Accra and he told me that Kwame Adjimah was killed together with four soldiers. The soldier has not given me names of the others. Getting this type of information is not an easy job.
Although, Kwame Adjimah died 29 years ago this is the first time this version is being put in print.
The effort I have started to remember may be small but may be able to grow into one to remember all who have fallen.
In All Humility,
REPLY 2 :
Understand Comrade. Keep up the good work. Aluta!
MESSAGE FROM GRACE SANDOR, GHANA, first Branch Secretary of the 31st December Women's Movement in Volta Region
Where is his picture? For those who might have forgotten the face.
I have still not been able to lay hands on any picture of his. I am still searching.
MESSAGE FROM NANA AMOFAH, UK. National Secretariat of the National Defence Committee coordinating people's and workers' defence committees and member of the African Youth Command
Amandla Ngawetu!!! We shall alway remember as a dignified tribute and honour to a fellow patriot and nationalist, an Nkrumahist, a strong Pan-Africanist, human rights advocate and a fighter for freedom and justice, Kwame Adjimah a true reliable and adorable comrade. May His Soul Rest In Perfect Peace! So shall all the fallen heroes of the struggle be remembered when freedom comes!!! I salute!!!
Kwame Adjimah still lives in my heart as I do remember him like meeting him just yesterday, though my last time meeting him was at the Gonda press office with Captain Nfodjo was in '83 when I had a national assignment to go to the Brong Ahafo and he requested to spare him a brand new golden binoculars I had purchased from Moscow. I had just called to salute the brave young Lt Kwesi Okyere who... led the June 19th attempt to unseat the tyrant fake revolutionary Rawlings and set the captives free with other young bravery brothers. We shall remember all the fallen heroes. A massively spontaneous people's revolution is the only answer for our social-economic transformation for which others has died for our freedom!!! Keep the fire burning. Amandla Ngawetu!!!!
MESSAGE FROM COMRADE DUKE TAGOE, GHANA, The Insight Newspaper and Socialist Forum of Ghana
Good Comrade, I have forwarded this write-up to Comrade Pratt and i am quiet sure we will be able to attend this programme.
MESSAGE FROM KWASI BUDU, USA, an Nkrumaist
Comrade Explo, I salute you, but on this occasion I salute Comrade Kwame Adjimah even more. Being that I did not live in Ghana during those turbulent years, I left Ghana in 1974, several times I get teary when events of this period are reported. I stand with all the comrades to salute Kwame Adjimah for the gallant efforts he made to make life for the youth of Ghana and Africa, who are yet to see any better days in terms of freedom, real freedom, educational and economic opportunity, living on a continent of plenty, to take up the mantle left by Kwame and march on to the make the dream the Osagyefo had for all of us a reality. May He Rest In Peace.
MESSAGE FROM KWAME [L.G.K.] OCLOO, UK, former Deputy General Secretary of Trades Union Congress of Ghana
Millions of thank you words for the vision. I will be with you in spirit
MESSAGE FROM MAGARET ACKUAKU, UK, activist in Volta Region
WE WILL REMEMBER HIM IN OUR PRAYERS.MAY HIS SOUL RIP.
MESSAGE FROM KWAME MFODWO, AUSTRALIA, member of the New Democratic Movement
truly may his soul rest in peace - proud patriot that he was
MESSAGE FROM MARCIA BATTLES, CANADA
Rest In Power, Warrior! will be with you in spirit
MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL AMUAKWA, GHANA.
Dear comrade! Sorry to disappoint you once again. Busy schedule will not permit me to attend. Keep the spirit of the genuine revolution burning.
MESSAGE FROM KOFI MAWULI KLU, UK, leading member of Socialist Revolutionary Youth League of Ghana (SRYLOG)
Dear Compatriots All,
Wherever this week finds us anywhere in the World, may the best of our thoughts be devoted to the inspiring likes of Kwame Adzimah; may we remember that honouring them demands more of those of us still living to rise higher, to more honestly comprehend the lessons of best practice from their strengths and weaknesses as well as from our own failures and successes and all previous efforts, in order to better take forward ever their Freedomfighting banners of yersteryears into the battles for Justice being continuously waged by the suffering masses of our peoples in Ghana today and throughout Afrika and the rest of our contemporary World; for, he was one of those brave and now legendary sons and daughters of Afrika and Nana Asase Yaa, our Mother Earth herself, who dared not only to voluntarily choose early in their youth, but also stoically lived up to the end of their lives, to champion the emancipatory cause of our Wretched of the Earth as genuinely striving, self-sacrificing and lifelong learning aspiring professional revolutionaries sincerely engaged in authentic Pan-Afrikan Liberation pathfinding towards definitively victorious Scientific Socialism!
Kofi Mawuli Klu,
A Colleague of Kwame Adzimah in the
Socialist Revolutionary Youth League of Ghana (SYRLOG),
the SRYLOG-facilitated Committees for People's Revolutionary Democracy (CPRDs),
the Johnny Hansen-led People's Revolutionary Party of Ghana (PRPG), and
the Johnny Hansen-led Ghana Peoples' Friendship, Solidarity and Peace Council (GPFSPC);
as well as in the Aluta Errand Boys' (AEB) Brigade of
the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) and
the All-African Students Union (AASU).
MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL BEKOE, GHANA, an Nkrumaist
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE. SALUTATIONS TO ALL THE HEROES BOTH FALLEN AND ALIVE, WHO THROUGH THEIR SACRIFICIAL ACTS MADE LIFE BEARABLE FOR SOME OF US. FORWARD EVER!
MESSAGE FROM EKI GBINIGIE, SOUTH SUDAN. Kilombo Panafrican Community Journal
Thank you for sending this to me.
What did the soldier say about how and where Kwame and others were buried?
May I suggest that the memorial meeting ends with something very concrete like the planting of a tree in a public place - where it will nto be cut down - which will have a plaque with Kwame Adjimah's name. This is what my Nicole from Chile has organised for the disappeared which includes her sister. That way, over time young people of even primary school age can become involved and you will not need the meeting to totally depend on any concrete action in order for things to move forward. If they agree to do something - find. And if they don't it does not matter because you will already have done something.
You should make a list in Excel and start putting the names of the fallen and have different columns for their personal details.
I am in Addis and history is all around me. I pity African countries. They present their whole history as starting from the beginning of colonialism. It is a disaster. Even those who reference the odd kingdom here and there do not make it a living organic part of the present.
MESSAGE FROM JUSTICE ADU MANTE, GHANA, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lectures Organising CommitteeExplo,
I am still trying to join the celebration of the Life of our dear Brother. In the meantime, my thoughts are with you. Keep the fire burning!Justice
MESSAGE FROM ESTHER AKUAMAOAH BOATENG, GHANA, Initiator and first Regional Organiser of the 31st December Women's Movement in Volta Region, Ghana
Explo, my work schedule at the hospital has not made it possible for me to join you this time at the Kwame Adjimah Memorial Meeting. However, I am with you in spirit. The struggle continues.
MESSAGE FROM JOHN CONSTANT DEI, GHANA, former Regional Coordinator of the people's and workers' defence committees in Volta Region
I'd wish to attend but for circumstances beyond control. Wishing you successful programme.
MESSAGE FROM GYEKYE TANOH (BARZINI), member of the Socialist Workers' Party and International Socialist Organisation Ghana.
Explo, solidarity greetings & best wishes for Kwame Adjimah memorial today. Thanks also for initiative on this. It raises the bar and adds qualitatively to our applied meaning & practices of Comradeship and Solidarity in today's Ghana.
MESSAGES FROM RUDOLF NSORWINNE AMENGA-ETEGO I, GHANA, first Regional Coordinator of people's and workers' defence committees in Upper Region.
Explo great initiative ! ! I am sure many more will be remembered as the days roll by. I remember his last days with me at Mr Denkabi's flat . . . . .
MESSAGE FROM JOHN JARA NUTAKOR, USA, cadre in 31st December 1981 process and militant activist in University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.
May we use this occasion to reflect over the tasks ahead. Comrade Kwame Adjimah died in the pursuit of what he believed in. Sad as his death by shooting was, let it inspire us to re-dedicate ourselves to the struggle to make the world a better place for the downtrodden masses of our people. May the comrade rest peacefully in the arms of the ancestors.
Enye Kofi Ameko
MESSAGE FROM MOYA MZURI, USA, panafricanist
ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!! THIS CRY SHALL RING OUT FOR ALL OUR WARRIORS!!!! ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!
Sudan Sensitisation Project (SSP)