Guinea-Bissau commemorated a historic moment on Thursday, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence and the founding of the country’s armed forces. The noteworthy event featured a civil and military parade and was graced by the presence of several heads of state, including leaders from Nigeria, Congo, the Comoros, and former colonizers Portugal.
The double anniversary also paid tribute to the birth centenary of independence hero Amilcar Cabral, a revered figure in both Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde. Cabral, who played a pivotal role in the fight for independence, passed away in 1973, just months before Guinea-Bissau declared its independence on September 24 of that year.
President Umaru Sissoco, in his address, expressed gratitude and paid homage to all those who contributed to the country’s independence. The celebrations mark a significant milestone in Guinea-Bissau’s history, honoring its journey to sovereignty and recognizing the pivotal role played by individuals like Amilcar Cabral in shaping the nation’s destiny.