Leader Olumba Olumba Obu
By Akpan David, Calabar
The Kenyan Professor of law and a former chairman of that country’s anti-corruption commission and a renowned international commentator and critic, Patrick Otieno Lumumba has distinguished a spiritual leader and founder of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu as an eminent and virtuous leader which Africa needs.
He spoke as the special guest lecturer in Calabar when the spiritual organization held the second annual public lecture in honour of the revered spiritual leader and humanitarian who teaches love and forgiveness.
Represented by Ambassador Wallace Williams, the consul general of Antigua and Bermuda, Lumumba who also spoke via zoom as well as a prepared lecture said: “The spirit of Olumba Olumba Obu serves to energize us, not only as humankind but much more relevantly as Africans who throughout the ages have suffered the dehumanization of slavery, the humiliation of colonization and of neo-colonization.”
Lumumba said Africa needs Olumba Olumba Obu and all of his ideals. “Today, as we honour Olumba Olumba Obu because of his exemplary work we can transform ourselves to become this new person that Africa needs.
“The true tribute that we can pay to Olumba Olumba Obu is to take a solemn vow that henceforth, we shall exorcise the ghosts of mediocrity and low self-esteem and all other debilitating spirits that have stood in our way and stopped us from realizing our full potential.
“We gather to honour Olumba Olumba at a time when Africa and her children are afflicted with numerous problems: Poverty, Disease, Political instability, Spiritual confusion and many other maladies. If you permit me, see how during this era of Covid-19 pandemic, while the rest of the world is engaged in the search for a vaccine African countries are waiting to receive vaccines made in Europe, America, China or Russia, lending credence to Kenya’s Professor Ali Mazrui when he said in his famous documentary, “The African: A Triple Heritage that, “Africans consume what they do not produce and produce what they do not consume”.
He commended the spiritual leader and his selfless service, saying true leadership means an opportunity to serve fellow human beings with dedication, efficiency, honesty, humility and integrity.
Lumumba said that Africa has been abused but she has refused to go down because even when she has suffered humiliation, there were great men and women whose voices of resistance and enlightenment remained alive even when they could not be heard at their most eloquent. Olumba Olumba Obu belongs to the pantheon of great Africans whose vision remains evergreen.
According to Lumumba, Africa will continue to celebrate the ‘never say die spirit’ of Olumba Olumba Obu whom he described as great and powerful and out to unite not only Africans but humanity.