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Title:The political thought of Amilcar Cabral: a synthesis
Author:Nyang, Sulayman Sheih
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Geographic term:Guinea-Bissau
political philosophy
Abstract:To show that Amilcar Cabral is now universally known one need only to examine the large number of commentaries, eulogies and tributes to him since his tragic death at Conakry (Guinea). Two examples illustrate that both capitalist and Marxist in the Western world have now come to take this African thinker seriously. These examples are cited in the first part of the paper in an attempt to demonstrate the achievements of Amilcar Cabral. They are also used to show how an African theoretician's thoughts could easily be misrepresented or distorted by embattled members of the two opposing ideological camps. In this paper a critical analysis of Cabral's thoughts on a number of topics is undertaken. The study starts from Cabral's theory on colonialism, and ends with his theories of armed struggle, national liberation and post-independence reconstruction. In addition to the above areas of discussion, this writer offers certain conclusions on the political ideas of Cabral and their implications for man in Africa and the world. Notes and ref.