Fidel Castro and African Leaders: Nkrumah, Sankara, Mandela, Gaddafi, Obasanjo, Mugabe and others


From Angola to Mozambique, Ethiopia to Somalia, Guinea Bissau to Equatorial Guinea. With his persona as a leading ‘revolutionary’ of his time, other like minds met with him over time.

He is also on record to have visited African countries not exactly on military missions but more along diplomatic lines. African leaders over the years also found their way to Havana to meet with him.

Even though, Cuba passes as a small Caribbean nation, they went to war thousands of miles away on the battlefields of Angola and Ethiopia, thousands have died as a result of their intervention militarily.

It’s leader at the time, Fidel Castro, who died late Friday aged 90, was convinced that the global stage for the “world revolution” was happening in Africa – as a result, Cuba became the first Latin American nation cross the seas to engage in war.

The late Fidel Castro meets with Ghana’s first President Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, a champion of African Liberation from colonialism.
The late Fidel Castro meets with Ghana’s first President Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, a champion of African Liberation from colonialism.

 




Cuban President Fidel Castro (R) and Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe stand at attention during an arrival ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana September 18. Mugabe and Castro will hold official talks and sign several bilateral agreements before Mugabe departs for New York City on September 19 to attend meetings of the United Nations General Assembly. - RTXJ71I

Cuban President Fidel Castro ® and Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe stand at attention during an arrival ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana September 18.

Fidel Castro decorates Burkinabe revolutionary leader, Thomas Sankara. Sankara, former was killed during the coup that brought former president Compaore to power in 1987
Fidel Castro decorates Burkinabe revolutionary leader, Thomas Sankara. Sankara, former was killed during the coup that brought former president Compaore to power in 1987



Former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) hugs Cuba’s President Fidel Castro during a visit to Mandela’s home in Houghton, Johannesburg in this September 2, 2001
Former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) hugs Cuba’s President Fidel Castro during a visit to Mandela’s home in Houghton, Johannesburg in this September 2, 2001
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The Cuban leader Fidel Castro (L) speaks with the late Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar al Gaddafi
Cuban leader Fidel Castro (L) speaks with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika ® and an unidentified translator during an official dinner at Palais du Peuple in Algiers May 6, 2001
Cuban leader Fidel Castro (L) speaks with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika ® and an unidentified translator during an official dinner at Palais du Peuple in Algiers May 6, 2001



Former South African President Thabo Mbeki ® is formally welcomed in the Revolution Palace by his Cuban counterpart Fidel Castro in Havana March 27, 2001.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki ® is formally welcomed in the Revolution Palace by his Cuban counterpart Fidel Castro in Havana March 27, 2001.
Cuban President Fidel Castro ® greets Nigeria’s President-elect Olasegun Obasanjo on his arrival at the Revolution Palace in Havana April 2.
Cuban President Fidel Castro ® greets Nigeria’s President-elect Olasegun Obasanjo on his arrival at the Revolution Palace in Havana April 2.



Cuban President Fidel Castro (L) reviews the troops as he receives his counterpart from Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, July 21, 2001.
Cuban President Fidel Castro (L) reviews the troops as he receives his counterpart from Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, July 21, 2001.
The Cuban leader Fidel Castro meets former military and later civilian president of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings
The Cuban leader Fidel Castro meets former military and later civilian president of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings

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