About Us

The history that gives us our name is the history of the “free speech” corner of Hyde Park in London. In 1872, an act of parliament set aside this part of Hyde Park for public speaking. Even today, on a Sunday morning, it’s not unusual to find crowds gathering at Speakers’ Corner to listen to enthusiasts expounding their views. Anyone can turn up unannounced to speak on any subject, as long as the police consider their speeches lawful.

The Problem

Why has corruption, complacency, complicity and over and above all dictatorship and colonialism, become so difficult to be eradicated from Africa? Why have African leaderships be they of governments or of organizations refused to see the scourge of their sins on the people? We have often accused the West of their responsibility in keeping Africa on a low ebb in order to continue their own share of the colonialism, exploitation and manipulation of Africans against Africans. While they bear their own share of the problem, and in no small measure, we continue to insist that the cure for these man-made African diseases lies in Africa and not in Europe. Why is it that African leaderships, even the ones we see as making giant strides, must steep their hands in the blood of their citizens? Why is it that African politics and governance has become so murderous to their own subjects and is this phenomenon necessarily? What is the cause of violent extremism in Africa?

The Mission

Therefore, in Africa Must Change, we speak out against Dictatorship, We speak out against all forms of marginalization, we speak out against all sorts of evil befalling Africa, we speak out against man's exploitation of man, we speak out against man-made poverty, we speak out against colonialism, we speak out against the use of military to sustain dictatorship in Africa, we speak out against Constitutional manipulation, we speak out against all forms of injustices, corruption, stealing of resources, man-made diseases, trading in human calamity, man-made calamities, divide and rule policies, eternal rulers, Western hegemony in Africa. We are also aware, as PLO Lumumba says, that “once the leaderships discover, that you are speaking out against them, they will sort to kill you”, that is not going to be only with Africans, in our opinion, but their western accomplices will not be trusted also, for they are more skilled in the murderous jobs than African leaders themselves.

The Action

We have three principles upon which we work to cure the above diseases in Africa. These are the same principles consciously borrowed from our previous ACAT experience, and they include: SEE, UNDERSTAND and ACT. “People are talking about you outside!” These words, which were shouted to a torture victim held in a Chilean prison, saved him. Action was being taken on his behalf; he was no longer alone. Words saved his life. “As long as you keep talking about us in your media, we’re still alive”. These words, uttered by resistance fighters in Chechnya, helped ensure they were not forgotten. Words gave them hope. Of course, one isolated letter carries little weight. But when thousands of letters are sent at the same time, they exert pressure on the political authorities of the country concerned. It’s the ’drip’ effect!. Moreover, since these countries’ embassies are informed, they are obliged to give an account of international public opinion to their governments.

Our History

The History that Gives Us Our Name:

The history that gives us our name is the history of the “free speech” corner of Hyde Park in London. In 1872, an act of parliament set aside this part of Hyde Park for public speaking. Even today, on a Sunday morning, it’s not unusual to find crowds gathering at Speakers’ Corner to listen to enthusiasts expounding their views. Anyone can turn up unannounced to speak on any subject, as long as the police consider their speeches lawful.

History of Speakers’ Corner: The beginning of free speech

Close to this spot, about 250 years ago, people were still being hanged at the infamous Tyburn Gallows. The gallows were installed in 1196 and by the time they were dismantled in 1783 more than 50, 000 people had been executed here. Everyone condemned to die at Tyburn could make a final speech. Some confessed; others protested their innocence or criticized the authorities. For onlookers, executions at Tyburn were big social events. Londoners could buy a ticket to watch executions from a seat on huge wooden platforms. Eventually, the authorities decided the hangings were too rowdy and transferred them to Newgate Prison. But the tradition for protest and pleasure in Hyde Park continued.

Throughout the years, we have discovered, that certain countries of Africa are gradually degenerating into veritable jungles and their respective leaders have systematically turned their people into slaves, beggars in their own land with no hope of ever enjoying the benefits of genuine democratic governance. Marginalization of the masses is what has led to upheavals and violent extremism in some countries in Africa. Sometimes, the leaders of these countries are doing so within the dictates of their colonial westerners who dictate the pace of events, impose the kind of leaders who can even against their own people guarantee the inordinate greed of the westerners. yet the citizens of these countries do not have to complain, they only have to allow themselves to be continuously manipulated by devilish regimes. The younger generations of Africa are increasingly obliging their leaders to liberate themselves from this colonialist mindset without which they will be obliged to go down with the West as hatred for the western exploitation is beginning to become more prominent. There is an increasing conviction that the time is coming soonest when the restoration of Africa is fast becoming a divine obligation. Dictatorships are thriving on the innocent blood of the citizens. The military that is originally intended for the protection of the people and their territory have become manipulative tools to wickedly and savagely crush their own people in order to keep dictators in power for sordid money. Governments have employed fascist, Machiavellian and manipulative instruments to keep the people under the scourge of their ruthlessness from which no one can and should escape. That is the reality of Africa if not just part of it. And it is our fervent opinion that through this blog, we have begun a long-term revolution and we are convinced that Africa Must Change.

The origins of Speakers’ Corner as it is known today stem from 1866, when a meeting of the Reform League demanding the extension of the franchise, was suppressed by the Government. Marches and protests had long convened or terminated their routes in Hyde Park, often at Speakers’ Corner itself. Finding the park locked, demonstrators tore up hundreds of yards of railings to gain access, and three days of rioting followed. The next year, when a crowd of 150,000 defied another government ban and marched to Hyde Park, police and troops did not intervene. Spencer Walpole, the Home Secretary, resigned the next day. In the 1872 Parks Regulation Act, the right to meet and speak freely in Hyde Park was established through a series of regulations governing the conduct of meetings.

The speaking area of Hyde Park as defined in legislation extends far beyond Speakers Corner but it is here where most people congregate. In addition, Hyde Park’s long tradition of accommodating large public demonstrations and rallies continues today.

From 1906 to 1914 the suffragettes held large and small meetings in Hyde Park as part of their campaign for votes for women. In the summer of 1906 they had a meeting every week near to the Reformer’s tree. During the Women’s Day of 21 June 1908 250,000 women marched to Hyde Park to hear 20 different speaking platforms. In 1913 the Police banned the Women’s Social and Political Union from meeting in the park, but the suffragettes defiantly continued to do so. By the 1930s “soapbox” orators were to be found in marketplaces, street corners and parks across the country. Of the estimated one hundred speaking places found weekly in London between 1855 and 1939, Speakers’ Corner is the last to survive.

Speaking out against war

Speakers’ Corner was the focus of a huge rally in February 2003 against military action in Iraq. The number of people who attended was estimated at between 750,000 and two million. The speakers and supporters included the actress Vanessa Redgrave, human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger, former MP Tony Benn, playwright Harold Pinter and the Hollywood actor, Tim Robbins. The rally was one of the most recent in Hyde Park about war. In 1859, there were demonstrations about the Franco-Austrian War. Since an act of parliament in 1872, Speakers’ Corner has provided a focus for people to express their views about a range of topics from voting rights to Sunday trading.