It was reasonably thrilling to look at the proceedings of the fiftieth anniversary of the African Union (AU), held at Addis Ababa on twenty fifth May 2013. The occasion was colourful and fairly properly organized, I was proud to be African. This was particularly after I heard a Bob Marley soundtrack, urging Africans to 'emancipate themselves from psychological slavery', gracing the event.
Speaker after speaker cited quotes and references to the impact that Africa is healthier off doing its personal factor by itself, by itself. Not unhealthy in any respect, for like Bob, I can solely think about 'how good and nice it might be to see the unification of Africans'. It was certainly such a welcome reduction to see heads of African states and governments chanting to the sounds of Bob Marley, in an effort in direction of 'unifying Africa'. It is noteworthy that Jamaica was additionally in attendance as diaspora Africa.
But wait a minute - What was the motivation for this new discovered zeal for the unity of Africa? Was it the betterment of the African particular person's life? Was it for securing a greater future for the African baby? Was it for the emancipation of the African from psychological slavery? The ardour exhibited by speaker after one other, and the unanimity, consensus and focus displayed in developing with resolutions was merely admirable. At this charge, the unity of Africa as a single entity politically and ideologically appeared as actual as it will probably get.
What resolutions got here out of this distinctive occasion although? Would the extraordinary African commoner derive any advantages from this present of unity and togetherness now and sooner or later?
Notably, it was unanimously determined (with the exception and dissent of Botswana) that the circumstances of crimes in opposition to humanity dealing with the President and Deputy President of Kenya on the International Criminal courtroom (ICC) be deferred or just terminated. This, in response to the panelists, is what Africa wants. Freedom from interference by different states, significantly former colonial masters. The query that arises right here is whether or not this decision is sweet for the Kenyan folks, and certainly, Africa as an entire. Fifty years after independence, nearly all African nations besides just a few like Botswana are nonetheless caught in excessive ranges of poverty, tribalism, rampant corruption, civil strife, poor management, dictatorship and customarily worse financial life than it was fifty years earlier than.
Note that on the fiftieth anniversary of self rule, Africans are much more burdened with 'the philosophy that one race (learn tribe) is superior, and one other inferior'. This, below the stewardship of those very African 'leaders' lobbying for 'unification' of Africa. What use ought to this unification serve? If it's to enhance the lifetime of Africans, what might Africa want greater than the eradication of poverty, unhealthy governance, tribalism, civil strife, nepotism and illness? Afterall, these are the frequent problem that Africans from the Limpopo right down to the Sahara are grappling with.
'Until the ignoble and sad regimes that maintain our brothers in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Eritrea and the opposite African nations have been toppled and completely destroyed', Africa nonetheless must emancipate itself, this time from African leaders' tyranny. 'Until the fundamental human rights are equally assured to all with out regard to race', tribe or political affiliation, Africa nonetheless has to battle - this time, in opposition to African leaders who inherited the colonial programs and proceed exploiting their folks with politics of exclusion, tribalism, nepotism and poor management. These are the pertinent points that should have been on the agenda of unification efforts in my opinion, and never 'private challenges' like circumstances of crimes towards the African humanity dealing with people.
The unification of Africa ought to be knowledgeable by the necessity to make the lives of Africans in Africa higher, to harness the huge potential within the African continent, and to open up extra alternatives to all. Unity for the sake of self preservation of some is inconsistent with the dream of a free united Africa.