By Najibu Mulema
His younger brother and successor as president Raul Castro announced the news about the death of the former president on a state television in an unexpected late night broadcast
Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.
His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. Critics saw him as a dictator.
“The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday),” Raul said.
Cuba remembers him for free quality medical care, free quality education, free food for the unemployed.
Africa remembers him for his participation in the decolonization struggle of African states.