Obit: Mohammed Ali, we, & generations yet unborn, will always remember you – Tola Adenle

June 4, 2016

Africa, USA



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In an iconic pose over “ugly bear” Liston after he sent him crashing down as he had eloquently predicted. 

By the way, Ali saw – no, merely taunted for entertainment – just about all his big opponents as “ugly”: Sonny Liston, Frazier, Foreman … all unworthy of victories against him because they were all “ugly”.

Ali was a poet who delighted fans with his literary capability: About much-revered Archie Moore, The-Greatest-in-making predicted:

Archie Moore/He’ll fall in Four, and it was in Round Four That Ali downed the long-reigning champion.

He saw the Big Picture of the fight for civil rights and always honored those before him by never taking a single step once he became a public figure that would desecrate the memories of those who had fought and died in the cause of the emancipation of the African-American  in America.

Blacks in America, the oppressed of the world … were all one and in the same fight against oppression that pitted brothers against brothers in and out of the United States by powerful nations as far as Ali was concerned, a belief that made him refuse to be drafted to serve in America’s 1960s misadventure in Vietnam:

“I ain’t got no fight with them Viet Congs” 

he famously said in a witty, philosophical retort to his refusal to serve in South Vietnam against the North, a move that would cost him a 3 1/2 year suspension, a huge set-back for a man who was just coming into his own in his profession.

He was adopted and adored by the world, Ali is a name that will always never really need ‘Muhammad’ to be added before the person who bore that name is known.

Ali made a big splash wherever he went, especially in Africa where he went on triumphant-type Returns to The Motherland after he became the Heavyweight champion of the world:

Resplendent in Yoruba’s King of Clothes, sanyan aṣọ òkè, The Greatest wows Lagos, Nigerian fans as he tinkers with gángan, the Yoruba “talking drum”, in Lagos, Nigeria during his 1964 visit.

Dressed in Ghana’s beautiful kente, he walks with the Osagyefo, Ghana’s first Prime Minister who was looked up to by Blacks all over the world as a fighter against racism and champion for oppressed people, Kwame Nkrumah –  at Accra, Ghana.

The Greatest, a king to his millions of fans, in Egypt with a King’s tomb as backdrop


And how his millions of fans would always remember him: a boxer, who stood erect in his beliefs and dared White America when he joined the Honorable Muhammad Elijah’s Black Muslim, changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali soon after winning the Heavyweight champion of the world.

The man who cut down Archie Moore, Liston and Frazier … the pro-establishment fighter who fought multiple times a man who might have become known through a sport he dominated for decades but who was bigger than his sport.

An Image for the ages, again: The “ugly bear” down on his back.



Muhammad Ali

A classic pose from the Civil Rights 60s in Kinshasa in the 70s during the  Ali/Foreman “Rumble  in the Jungle”.

He will be remembered for his political and social activism as much as for his great contribution to his sports of boxing.

May his fiery soul find peace in Allah.



SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016. 2:17 p.m. [GMT]



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13 Comments on “Obit: Mohammed Ali, we, & generations yet unborn, will always remember you – Tola Adenle”

  1. Dr Femi Orebe Says:

    Absolutely inspirational. Awe, thanks for these photos of The Greatest on your blog.



  2. Remi Omodele Says:

    “For those who are not forgotten live forever.” (Traditional Jewish belief)

    Thanks, dear Sister Tola, for this wonderful report. It’s by far the best report I’ve read today. Kudos. It’s easy to see that our legend’s confidence came from his awareness of, and pride in, his African roots. Just look at the happy expressions on the man’s face whether he was mounting the camel by the Great Pyramid in Giza, matching with Nkrumah or ‘resplendent in sanyan’, playing (or pretending to play?) gangan!!

    Thank you for all you gave, Mohammed Ali. Yes, generations unborn will celebrate you–and deservedly so.

    On Sat, Jun 4, 2016 at 7:18 AM, wrote:

    > emotan77 posted: ” In an iconic pose over “ugly bear” Liston after he > sent him crashing down as he had eloquently predicted. By the way, Ali saw > – no, merely taunted for entertainment – just about all his big opponents > as “ugly”: Sonny Liston, Fraz” >



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Sister,

      Thank you for this contribution, and thanks for the generous words.

      Yeah, Ali is right up there now where he belongs to the ages with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., and others from the Black Movement in America through their writings,(Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Richard Wright …); through remarkable sacrifice during slavery,(David Walker, Nat Turner, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman …); through sacrifice and contribution during the civil rights era, (Malcolm X, W.E.Dubois, …), et cetera.

      He also belongs to us all.

      Fond regards, as always,



  3. Timothy Otunla Says:

    I welled up with emotion at the news although his death was a relief for millions of his admirers all over the world.

    I met the champ in his house in Chicago in 1968, and his intellectual versatility lives with me till today.

    Pity the Government of the USA did not consider it fit to give the Congressional Medal of Honour to Mohammed Ali, the one American who made the USA attractive and less ugly to more people in the world than all the post war US Presidents put together.

    Truly the GREATEST sporting personality of all times in modern history .

    GREATEST LOSS, You made Africa and most Africans very proud, with every punch you threw ,every word you uttered and your positions and postures on racism, the unjust war in Vietnam and sporting integrity.

    Sun re, o, Ali.[Rest in peace, Ali.] tao

    Sent from my iPad




    • emotan77 Says:

      Much thanks, Dear Ẹgbọn.

      What’s there more to say but to continue to bask in different reminisces recalled by those lucky to have met the philosopher/king/political activist.

      I did not really “meet” him but I stood not that far from him – not on his Nigerian visit in ’64 even though I was already well into the teenage years but stood among hundreds of students at the University of Florida’s Plaza of the Americas with my first child in tow in 1971.

      A point to mention is the fact that George W. Bush as president did decorate him with the Congressional Medal of Freedom in 2005.




  4. F Bakare Says:

    The boxing legend is no more. Inna Lilah Waina Rojiunnah.

    May his soul rest in peace. It’s a pity that the legend could not box his challenger ‘Mr Death’ to the corner and boxed him to a knock-out. Hun, everything will come to an end one day.

    Anti, the BBC has been running commentary on him since the morning and is still on at 17:30 now. Just like when late Mandela died.

    It’s a pity that even in Nigeria our so called ‘politician looters’ may not watch this and learn out of it that this life is vanity. With all the billions of naira they looted, no single kobo will be buried with them. We came empty-handed, so we shall go back to meet our Creator. Vanity upon vanity. Shame on them.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Fatai,

      Thank you very much for your contribution to our recollections and what Ali will always represent to us all.

      Yes, Ali’s life brings a sharp focus to the primitive luxurious living from looting of Nigeria’s wealth by infamous rulers and leaders: that in the end, all that really matters is the name we leave behind.

      While Mandela’s statue now stands for all time in the unlikeliest of places, Parliament Square in the City of London, retired General Obasanjo who ruled Nigeria as a civilian threw away the massive support and goodwill he had when he became Nigeria’s Head of State.

      Why? He followed the template of most African rulers and politicians who always choose the path of self-glorification either through self-enrichment by looting, et cetera.
      Obasanjo went after term elongation, and despite his loss of respect and whatever glory he should have deserved as a former president, I personally believe that history is going to be even unkinder to him. It is now too late to change that inevitability.

      Thanks for the Beeb reference; we stayed with it from morning for several hours and just switched to MSNBC a couple of hours now. The British are just so superb at such things!

      We all wish Ali eternal rest.

      Sincere regards,



  5. logiwa Says:

    Thank you for this beautiful summary of a life well lived. RIP Ali.

    Sent from my iPhone




  6. Renard Moreau Says:

    [ Smiles ] May Muhammad Ali rest in peace.



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