Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #453) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #453)
Transcript: The Nigerian press exploited the presence of Emperor Haile Selassie and described him by all his titles: Emperor of Ethiopia, Lion of Judah. He had, they said, cursed the League of Nations and it had collapsed;`he had cursed Mussolini and he was hanged; "He has blest this conference!" they boasted.
In actual fact in his address to the conference the Emperor had made his position clear. He declared that Ethiopia belonged to neither of the two blocks but to one group and one group only that of Africa, his own way of asserting neutrality of his country.
Both in Bechuanaland, Tanganyika and Nigeria I kept away from public places because we wantedk the enemy to discover that I was out of the country only when I attended the PAFMECSA Conference. I stayed with Lennard Amechi, a barrister and Deputy Minister of Information and a member of Dr. Azikiwe's National Council of Nigeria (and the Cameroons) Citizens (NCNC ?). He held radical views and was uncompromising in his opposition to certain African statesmen who had conservative views.
Although I did not attend the conference I closely followed the proceedings and obtained copies of the main speeches. Dr. Azikiwe, then Governor General of the country welcomed delegates in a scholarly speech in which he pointed out that the main object of the meeting was to unite the people of Africa, to solve their social problems and generally to advance their well being. He contrasted
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