United States of Africa? The Jury is Still Out.

asFreelon here, reporting live from Accra, Ghana on the final day of the 2007 African Union Summit! We started the week very excited about the proceedings taking place here. The city is tight with security, all the politicians have been making their rounds, giving town hall lectures and making appearances. But at the conclusion of the Summit, we are all kind of scratching our heads, wondering “what’s the hold up?” The voices of the Ghanaian people seem to ring out unanimously, AFRICA UNITE. This is no surprise in the home of Osagyefo Grandfather Kwame Nkrumah. A man decades (perhaps centuries) ahead of his time, Nkrumah was speaking about a Unified Africa way back in the 1940s and 50s, when Ghana became the first sub-Saharan country to liberate herself from the shackles of Colonialism. Yet today, 50 years later, the African Union is still moving towards unity at a snail’s pace. Not every African leader is content to let this monumental opportunity creep by. Libya’s Col Muammar Gaddafi wants to make it happen immediately-Senegal is also on board. But some folks like Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni aren’t so sure;

‘Politically we should only integrate with people who are either similar or compatible with us,’ (*whatever that means) said President Yoweri Museveni. He backed economic integration but said Africa was too diverse for one government (read entire article here.)

Museveni argues that there are too many African languages, cultures and identities to smother into one group. Clearly he is unaware that the USA, UK and the EU were all able to unify, despite their cultural, historical and linguistic differences. We Africans are more than capable of accomplishing the same goals! However, Ghanaian president John Kufour does not wish to mimic the west,

Kufuor said Africa in its drive for continental unity would not strive to copy the models of the United States of America or the European Union. “We want to do a custom-made thing, something to suit the unique attributes of our continent,” (read entire article here).

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The main tangible product of this historic meeting was the formulation of a committee which will establish a plan and a time-table for African Unity. When will it actually go down? The jury is still out. But if the African people demand it, it could be a lot sooner than you think. For more information, peep www.african-union.org

Freelon, out.

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Published on July 4, 2007 at 11:45 am. 53 Comments.
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