Mixed feelings among some in Africa for Queen Elizabeth (53 อ่าน)
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Mixed feelings among some in Africa for Queen Elizabeth
As condolences poured in from around the world after Queen Elizabeth's death, some Africans expressed mixed feelings about the monarch and her country's colonial legacy on a continent where Britain once ruled more than half the territory.
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Some had fond memories of Britain's longest-serving monarch - who came to smile and wave at crowds in 20 countries across the continent during her 70-year reign.
Others however recalled things like Britain's brutal 1950s crushing of Kenya's Mau Mau rebellion as the sun set on Britain's empire, and a huge diamond the queen's family acquired from colonial South Africa in 1905, which she never returned despite calls to do so.
Elizabeth was just 25 and on a visit to Kenya with her husband Philip when she learned of her father King George VI's death and her accession to the throne on Feb 6, 1952.
She was to return many times to Africa as queen.
"When the queen visited Uganda in 1954, I was a young boy in primary school. She was a young and small woman who looked very humble. She was very admirable and smiling," Vincent Rwosire, an 84-year-old retired postal worker, told Reuters.
"We could not believe that such a young woman could have so much power," he said by phone from Mbarara, western Uganda.