Speaking Truth to Power: Selected Pan-African Postcards

Speaking Truth to Power: Selected Pan-African Postcards

Kenyantraveller's Blog - Stories from the road
Jan 12, 2011

The first thing that crossed my mind when I read this book was: wow! Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem is one of those brilliant African minds that was once again cut short far too early, sadly on the streets of Nairobi. What a great loss for anyone who believes in the dream of African mental and physical freedom. The book itself is a collection of short pieces that he wrote under the banner headline "Pan-African Postcards" for the Pambazuka website. The topics vary from discussions on the vision of Pan-Africanism, to critiques of individual African nations and leaders, to criticism of the Aid Establishment (which some would argue he eventually became a part of, but more on that later). Abdul-Raheem was clearly a passionate and eloquent activist and he knew his stuff. He inspires me so much – I only wish that I can eventually be the kind of activist that he was.

- Kenyantraveller's Blog - Stories from the road

Mar 31, 2011
Taju told it like it was

Those who knew Tajudeen Abdul Raheem (Taju to all and sundry) were well aware that he never minced his words. At conferences he never shied away from telling Africa's "big men" like it was. Of course, for the more diplomatic members of the audience it was always a roller-coaster ride for them when Taju was speaking passionately about Africa. But for him certain home truths had to be told – no matter how unpalatable they may be.

- Desmond Davies, NewsAfrica

Sep 1, 2010
Speaking Truth to Power brings together leading Pan-Africanist Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem's thoughts on a number of critical issues, including the empowerment of women, the dynamics of global politics and domestic political contestations within Africa.

- Fatima Mujtaba, Red Pepper

Aug 23, 2010
From this book, readers will learn a great deal about University of Oxford-educated Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem (popularly called Taju, for short, by friends and colleagues) as a person, a public intellectual, and a convinced activist as well as his positions about change and progress, coupled with his thoughts about Africa and her diverse peoples and political leaders within the imperatives of the global system. However, the 253-page book is neither Tajudeen's biography, nor is it his autobiography, a self-contained narrative or a self- described manual. Rather, this very useful publication is an anthology with topics and topical themes that, holistically, represent Tajudeen's political worldview through a very sharp Pan-African lens.

- Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Ph.D. Cornell University and Wells College, USA, Journal of African and Asian Studies

The East African
May 31, 2010
May 25 was Africa Liberation Day. It was also the first anniversary of the untimely death of Dr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem, former secretary general of the Pan African Movement, in a road accident in Nairobi.

Across the continent and beyond, events were held to commemorate Abdul-Raheem's passing. From Abuja to Harare, Kano, London and Nairobi, questions were asked about the African Union's role in the slow march to full regional integration as a means of addressing Africa’s standing in the world today — and the freedom and economic wellbeing of its peoples.

- L. Muthoni Wanyeki, The East African

May 24, 2010
While the world celebrated the first anniversary of the life and legacy of Dr. Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem at London's Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, Africanists on the Continent have taken a moment to reflect on the impact of a man who was for many the flag-bearer of Global Pan-African thought. I sat this weekend to read the latest compilation book of Tajudeen’s postcards, Speaking Truth to Power, in order to appreciate the essence of the man who dedicated his adult life to African liberation. The former United Nations Millennium Campaign Deputy Director for Africa and Director of Justice Africa lost his life 25 May 2009 in Nairobi en route to launch a maternal health campaign in Kigali.

- Amir Demeke, Black Power Media

Daily Trust
May 24, 2010
Come rain come sun shine, as Nigerians would say, whether in the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, the Nuba Mountains, Funtua or Cape Town, Tajudeen Abdulraheem, always looked for an opportunity to write down his thoughts of the week. In an African continent that is only recently getting wired, sending these thoughts out as " post cards" was usually a major challenge. Taju helped many of us to discover the nearest cyber café to our homes! I always patiently endured his late night adventures in a"Taju Sheraton" as he typed out a post card.

- Kole Shettima, Daily Trust

Friends and comrades of Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem were at the Yar'Adua Centre on 25th May to celebrate the life and work of this great African. He had made it easy by dying on AFRICA LIBERATION DAY, May 25th 2009 in a motor accident in Nairobi, Kenya. He was enroute to Kigali, Rwanda where he was to drum up support for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He lived and died for Africa.

- Jibrin Ibrahim, Next