Historic “No” vote by the PDG-RDA, Sekou Ture and the State of Guinea-Conakry against being part of the Francophonie. There was a referendum held. This meant you would still be a part of the French parliament and use the CFA money. Ture was the Mayor of Conakry. So, they organized the people to vote no. President Degaulle of France visited Guinea Conakry to call for the colonies to decide if they wanted to be part of France and the masses met him at the airport. Also, on this date, 60 years earlier, Samori Ture, leader of the fight against French colonialism , was assassinated. So, they thought they were going to take Seku Ture to Dakar to use his credibility to support the vote to be a part of France. This is when he gave the famous speech in which he stated, “We prefer freedom with dignity that opulence in slavery”. The French proceeded to take everything possible including the pipes out of the ground to prevent people from getting water and electrical cables. We want to thank Kwame Nkrumah for sending ten million pounds to support the PDG led government through the crisis as a result of France trying to destroy everything.
A question was asked about whether Guinea Conakry was the only state that voted against being part of the Francophonie. Yes, it was the only state to do so. The same process was going on in Niger but the leader of the independence movement was overthrown by his cousin. So, many of the militants of the independence movement of Niger went to live in Ghana and still live there.
Also, the French assassinated Ruben Um Nyobe and Felix Mumie of the Union of the People of Cameroon. Also, there was the overthrow of the independence movement in the Malagasy Republic even before Cameroon. These events were all a part of the French colonial legacy and crimes against Africa to prevent these states from becoming independent. Some discussion occurred and several points were highlighted around the activities in different parts of Africa against French colonialism. The struggle in Cameroon took place prior to the “No” vote by Guinea Conakry.
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