My thoughts after reading Steve Biko’s I Write What I Like in comparison to Nelson Mandela’s autobiography: Long Walk To Freedom

Biko was once a boy. Biko was once a primary school student. Biko! Steve Biko. This man was courageous. Recall the political situation of South Africa back in the 1970s? Biko spoke, unapologetically, truth to power.

But Biko was also a father.
Biko had a son.
He had dreams, both personal and dreams for his family. But most of all, Biko had goals for South Africa and Africa.

What gets me to the nerve, and still I fail to understand—to this day, is: How NELSON MANDELA (the Dalai Lama and the Mahatma Gandhi of Africa and the modern world) could not acknowledge Biko’s contributions (to the struggle against Apartheid and imperialism) in autobiography: Long Walk to Freedom. How dare could He?

Biko had dreams.
Biko’s vision was to free himself from all forms of colonial stranglehold.
Biko was imprisoned, tortured, and killed in jail.

Biko. BIKO!

Why would he get himself into such trouble?
Was he aware of police brutality in Apartheid South Africa?

Was he aware of police brutality in Apartheid South Africa?

Of course, yes. Biko was not just a leader. This man was visionary. As an innovative leader, he had to know better because he had to.

Published by Gabriel Ndayishimiye

Gabriel Ndayishimiye lives in London, Ontario. He is a writer with a passion to contribute to Black history and literature; and the author of “Run Elvin” (forthcoming), a memoir written for youth from marginalized backgrounds. This book tells Gabriel’s academic/life experiences from refugee camps in East and Southern Africa and now from the metropolis of the western world. The story aims to inspire and motivate such demographic of youth to take up given opportunities to be creative, achieve success, and develop resilience to fight the challenges of life.

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