Specky,FYI, Final answer..no addendum!
I can no more than volunteer some familiar details about “PANAFU light” but I assume that Ishmael Rashid, Jimmy Kandeh and Allie Kabba can provide better details about “PANAFU extra”
Methinks that the original talk about Pan African Union came home from the diaspora with people like Muctarr Keblai Mustapha aka “Solida”
Per contra,the very first meeting that began what eventually became PANAFU was chaired by Saidu Sowa at the ground Floor of Ambassador Fitzjohn’s residence at Hannah Benka-Coker Street in Freetown in December of 1981.
Saidu Sowa a former FBC student leader renown for ending “Fixity” at FBC, was at that time an executive member of the All African People Revolutionary Party Chapter at the University of Massachusettes.His wife Mowena Sowa, (who accompanied him) was senior in rank in the organization and very close to Kwame Toure.
Here is some background
In a short time after the 1977 Students demonstrations, the Tablet Newspaper operating from SLPP headquarters at 40 Rawdon Street, was set about as the center of youth activism until it was attacked and destroyed by APC police and thugs in September of 1981.
The bevy of Lecturers, Teachers, Students, High School Students and Youth activists were accused by APC of propagandizing and instigating the national general workers strike called by the Sierra Leone Labor Congress.
The Editor and the Publisher of the Tablet Newspaper have been forced into exile when Saidu Sowa arrived from the US to set in motion discussions for taking the struggle to another level.
The start-off activists who began meeting for what came to be PANAFU included the host of the venue, Kwame Cumale Fitzjohn, his brother Walter Fitzjohn, Cleo Hanciles, Saaba Tumoe, Larry Blake, Francis Deen, Abdul Gbla, Thomas Cole, Peter Turay, Jeff Bowlay Williams, Mannan Deen, James Kajue, Donald Taqui, Abu Kanu, Josie Mbayo,Boss Nigga Richard During, Festus Harding, Alhaji Rogers, Sam Taga, Olutumi Marke, , Quee ..etc..
All together,it was just three of the activists from this original dispersion ( Cleo Hancilles, Festus Harding and Abu Kanu ) who would pass into what I call “PANAFU extra” and make it all the way to Libya.
Also, while in Libya, Abu Kanu was the only one of the three to undergo military training. Festus Harding allegedly deserted and escaped to America and Cleo Hancilles got a job as Lecturer at Mataba.
At that time Olu Gordon and Jimmy Kandeh were studying abroad and Allie Kabba was just a prenticed college freshman.
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