Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #483) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #483)
Transcript: aware about what had happened to us and that he would see to it that the letter reached Kwame. We did precisely this and thereby solved our problem. He also gave Oliver a private phone number which would enable Oliver to phone Kwame whenever he was in Ghana. it should be mentioned here that whenever Oliver had met Kwame in Africa he had found him warm towards us.
From Ghana I went to Nigeria where I again met Lennard Amechi (where is he and his wife?), contacted Jaja Wachuku. It was my aim to see the Prime Minister Sir. Balawa, and then to fly to Enugu to see Dr. Azikiwe. (Jaja was a member of NCNC but was an ideal personality for a co alition). But on the day of the appointment the quarrel between Awolowo and Akimtola broke out and the government trekked from Lagos to Ibadan. As a result my whole trip collapsed.
In Accra we immediately contacted Tofiq Boutara, the Algerian ambassador, and he did his best to help us reach Kwame. We were also entertained by Abdoulayi Ddialo, Guinea's Resident Minister in Ghana. Both never forgot the attitude I had taken at the meeting of PAFMECSA and entertained me warmly. I told Dialo I had not seen President Sekou Toure and he was disappointed. He insisted that I return to Guinea. In Nigeria the Guinea ambassador contacted us as a result and on our way touched again at Liberia (re collectign voucher). In Guinea we met the Foreign Minister (name?) and were taken immediately to see the President. He lived in humble surroundings, his clothing was humble, and he listened carefully to us. In his reply he stated that the government and people of Guinea fully supported the struggle of our brothers in South Africa and pledged that they would continue to do so. (N.B I had referred to his message to the TIYC conference). The President then
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