ESSAY: How far is the United States of Africa?

Kurunzi Afrika


By Motsoko Pheko

The 50th anniversary of the African Union, the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), was marked by the African people on 25 May 2013. Both Organisations were formed with the main objective of ultimately bringing about the United States of Africa.

Why was there to be a United States of Africa? Let me remind by quoting three African leaders on this important subject of deep concern to Pan-Africanists. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana, wrote,

‘If we [Africa’s people], are to remain free, if we are to enjoy the full benefit of Africa’s resources, we must be united to plan for our total defence and the full exploitation of our material and human means in the full interest of all our people. To go it alone will limit our horizons, curtail our expectations and threaten our liberty.’

In the southern tip of Africa…

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