Nigeria to host International Centenary on Lenin

Ogunsakin Mustapha
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Vladimir Lenin

The International Centenary Commemoration on the passing of Vladimir Lenin the man who led the first Socialist Revolution and thereby changed the course of human history, is to hold in Abuja, Nigeria from January 21-23, 2024.

The October, 1917 Russian Revolution led by Lenin, transformed the theory of Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels into practical politics, led to the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR and the formation of Central and Eastern Europe into the Eastern Bloc in contrast to the United States-led Western Bloc.

Lenin’s example, also led to the explosion of revolutions in the world including those in Vietnam, Kampuchea, North Korea, Laos, the Chinese Revolution led by Chairman Mao, the Castro-led Cuban Revolution, the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua and the Venezuelan Revolution led by Hugo Chavez.

In Africa, the defunct USSR which provided training, logistics, arms and funding, was crucial to the success of the liberation Movements and independence for Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.

Lenin, lawyer, theoretician, strategist, tactician and organiser was perhaps the greatest advocate of Working Peoples’ Power in the 20th Century and one of the greatest thinkers and intellectuals of that Century.

Vladimir Lenin

According to the chairman of the planning committee, Mr Owei Lakemfa,  the Lenin International Conference in Nigeria with an International Advisory Board covering Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa, will feature exhibitions and youth programmes. “The conference will specifically examine Marxism-Leninism as a tool for analysing neo-liberalism, multilateralism, the rise of bodies like the BRICS, globalism and the contemporary world. It will examine why the Socialist Bloc collapsed and if Marxism-Leninism can be used to analyse, understand and tackle the current challenges of democracy and underdevelopment in Africa and whether it is still emancipatory and relevant today”.

The Conference will also highlight the contributions of socialists in Nigeria such as the Zikist, Mokwugo Okoye, Labour Leader, Wahab Goodluck, Women Leader Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, intellectual, Ola Oni and Lawyer, Alao Aka-Bashorun. In the continent, the contributions of socialist leaders like Kwame Nkrumah, Sekou Toure, Nelson Mandela, Patrice Lumumba, Samora Machel, Agostinho Neto and Amilcar Cabral will equally be analysed.

The Conference will also welcome contributions on other issues like poverty, good governance, the Working Class and Popular Struggles, Africa and African Diaspora in the Americas, culture, arts, internationalism, colonialism and emancipation under the Conference theme: Lenin, Leninism, Africa and the World.

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