Tribute to Kwame Nkrumah
Returned to the country he has chosen
The body of President Kwame Nkrumah.
The grieving and sad people of Guinea
Gave him a unanimous and pure welcome,
A welcome full of strong and high moral intensity,
The man who embodied Africa
With passion, fidelity and courage
Against the forces of imperialism
Is now himself incarnated and honored.
A whole people remember him
The People able to recognize true Merit,
Devotion and Efficiency of Man.
Death is still bound to happen, alas.
A human life is still limited.
Yet infinite Time and Space
By life valorized
For the benefit of People and History
Will give him a noble and great recognition,
Worthy of the Man and his Work.
Thus, the being he was, is and still remains
No longer in flesh, no more in blood,
But as Conscience, better as an ideal,
Sharing with force and constancy
The continuing struggle, dream of well-being.
Kwame Nkrumah belongs to those
Who have left a strong impact
On the destiny of liberty and dignity, loving humanity.
Kwame Nkrumah is and will be ever living
Since Africa, to him grateful
Is also living and will live for ever.
Fighters of all races and colors
Demanding Independence and progress for Peoples,
Equality and solidarity among nations of the world
Keep living and we shall continue endeavoring
To follow the path shown by Kwame Nkrumah.
If there are People of a particular time
There are also People of all times.
Kwame, the African, belongs to all times,
To all spaces, too.
Those who attempted to humiliate him
Only succeeded in glorifying him.
Indeed, time can neither soil his work
Nor tarnish his great and proud image-age.
In him is the Revolution
Which he is in.
Like the Revolution, he is ‘transtemporal'.
Oh! Beloved son of our Peoples.
Friend of those who fight,
Enemy of those who surrender.
Kwame the , worthy and courageous African,
The militant of the great Revolution,
you will be within us and with us
To revenge the martyrs, all the martyrs,
To liberate, unify and enhance the living,
To build Africa, United and beautiful.
Before your grave wherever it may be,
Fearless friends with militant faith,
With pure and faithful look
Will bow as a token of honor.
Your magnificence a hundred times will be exalted,
And glorified will be your unique contribution
To the cultural renaissance
And to the historical rehabilitation
Of those, all those who like you
Have chosen duty and the struggle
Against blind submission.
Crushing down imperialism and colonialism
Is the duty you assign to us
Which will be assumed, fully assumed,
Nkrumah, our brother and our comrade;
Enemies will harvest shame
Ahmed Sekou Toure