“O G” (Original Guardian) Runako-Gamba Bio
June 28, 1958 -
Runako-Gamba is an Afrikan Legionnaire by way of the Afrikan Nationalist Pioneer Movement, Harlem, USA. Being impressed with the legacy of T’Shaka Carlos A. Cooks and the A.N.P.M., he affixed his seal to “Code Afrik” and joined under the Command of T’Shaka Morris Thutmose Powell in 1990, gaining the rank of Chief Security Officer within the Government.
He is also a Member of the Annual Marcus Garvey Day Parade & Mass Eulogy Committee, Founder & 1st Administrator of the Afrikan Recovery Institute and T’Shaka of the Afrikan People’s Security Force.
BuyBlackCampaign Products, the business entity of the A.R.I. was developed by Baba Runako February 1, 2000 as a program within the A.R.I. to continue the thrust of the Universal Negro Improvement Association/Afrikan Communities League and the Afrikan Nationalist Pioneer Movement.
Starting out with four books, Message To The People, The Course on Afrikan Philosophy, Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, Race First and Carlos Cooks on Black Nationalism (from Garvey to Malcolm) with the assistance and support of The Late Master Garvey Historian Tony Martin, he was able to transform his library BlackStarLine Literature (now BuyBlackCampaign Products), into 105 titles dedicated to The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey and the Movement in general.
As of 1990, Baba Runako has been a student/practitioner of the Toyka Rue Life Preservation System of Martial Arts under the guidance of Professor Marvin Gatling and a practitioner of Afrikan Spirituality in the Yoruba tradition. He is a member of the New York State Egbe Egungun Ancestral Temple of Oyatunji Afrikan Villages, Sheldon, S.C.
Bought in by the Late Chief, Rev. Alagba Egunfemi Adegbalola, Runako is pursuing the work of the Priesthood in this Ancient West Afrikan Tradition. He was able to make his first pilgrimage to the Village with his God-Father, Chief Alagba in August 2012. Chief Alagba “crossed over” not long after he returned to New York in 2012.
A writer and published poet, Baba Runako “offered” his first work to his personal hero and political guide, Comrade George Lester Jackson. The title of this work; Poems on Love and Combat was dedicated to George Jackson, Jonathon Jackson and Farallah Ali; “Afrikan men who knew how important it was to inspire and encourage other Afrikan men.”
Baba Runako is also affiliated with Imani Temple # 49/Sankofa Gardens in Lafayette, Louisiana. Working in conjunction with Pastor John Wayne Milton and Assistant Professor of Agriculture, Southern University of Louisiana. Brother Ronald J. Nicholas.
Recently completing his second publication: Thinking Out Proud (in memory of Bama The Village Poet, The Honorable George McCord and Master Teacher Bluesologist Brother Gil Scott-Heron), Baba Runako is currently residing in Sunset, Louisiana bringing Afrikan Spirituality/Nationalism to the community as he continues to be active on all fronts..
“May The Creator, The Mother and Father Universe and The Beloved and Blessed Ancestor’s continue to guide and protect me.”
Eluju Ki Ie Di Eluju Ekun ( In time, the field belongs to the Leopard).
ONE GOD ONE AIM ONE DESTINY!