In a continent sharply divided along the lines of as many as between one thousand five hundred to two thousand (1500-2000) languages, many religious organizations/beliefs, a number of autocratic presidents, political/ideological differences, uncompromising six (6) regional blocks and neo-colonial sentiments among others it is not strange to know that much of African youth are less optimistic that such a dream will ever materialize. To them such an idea shall forever remain in the pipeline.Op-ed 

A UNITED AFRICA- REALITY OR A DREAM

 

The Editor,

The Unification of Africa under a single central government, house of representatives, currency, the central bank, etc will, in my opinion, go down among the eight (8) events of the world and the most important thing that happened among the black race; even for those in the diaspora.

In a continent sharply divided along the lines of as many as between one thousand five hundred to two thousand (1500-2000) languages, many religious organizations/beliefs, a number of autocratic presidents, political/ideological differences, uncompromising six (6) regional blocks and neo-colonial sentiments among others it is not strange to know that much of African youth are less optimistic that such a dream will ever materialize. To them such an idea shall forever remain in the pipeline.

Day in day out we read of this and other platforms excellent and elaborate writeups that are aimed at shaping our thinking and quickening our emotions on the need to attain a united Africa in our lifetime. Indeed present global events mean that it is imperative that we unite now.

However a look at The AU’s “Agenda 63” will reveal to you that our present leaders that throng the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia every year do not have any desire to attain a united Africa in their lifetime. Never!

This attitude of theirs is akin to that of those that pushed for the ‘Gradualist Approach’ to unity during the days of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah who first mooted the idea (and pushed for it) back in the early 1960s.

However shall we continue to throw our arms in the air? What can we do as the youth of Africa to reverse this negative trend? How can we turn our multicultural continent into our favor? How can we overcome our differences?

Adegah Agbeko (Director)
Economic Freedom for Africans

 

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