History: A True Friend of Africa Fidel Castro Was Born Today

Fidel Castro was born on this day in 1926. The late Castro, who was Cuba’s 15th president, was revered for embracing Communism, which put him at odds with the American government.

His contributions and assistance to some African countries during their fight against imperialism cannot be overestimated. According to the 2015 book, entitled “Cubans in Angola,” Castro acknowledged the link between Cuba and Africa, which stretched back to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

As a Caribbean nation, Cuba was host to 1 million African slaves.

With this background, Castro did not hesitate to assist Africa with military and medical support when it sought his help during the 1960s and 1970s for independence.

To celebrate this iconic revolutionary’s legacy, Face2Face Africa shares with you some photos of him with some iconic African leaders. Take a look at them below:

Castro with ex-President of Ghana JJ Rawlings

Fidel Castro with Samora Machel

Castro with Thomas Sankara

Castro with ex-President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe

Castro with ex-President of Tanzania Julius Nyerere

Castro with Kwame Nkrumah

Castro with Nelson Mandela

Ex-president of Angola Jose Eduardo dos Santos (left) and former Cuban president (right), the late Fidel Castro in the 1980s. Photo Credit: AFP

Castro with ex-President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki

Castro with Amílcar Cabral

Castro with ex-President of Burkina Faso Blaise Compaoré

Castro with ex-President of Burkina Faso Thomas Sankara

Castro with ex-President of Lybia Muammar Al Gathafi

Castro with ex-President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo

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