Africans Must Unite Says Former South African President

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Africans Must Unite Says Former South African President
Thabo Mbeki

AFRICANGLOBE – Our beloved Pan African iconic revolutionary leader on Pan Africanism and Pan African Renaissance, asked us as Africans in Diasporas and in Africa, to define ourselves.

It is against this backdrop, and this clarion call that the Lovers of African Union and United States of Africa, under my leadership, has embarked upon the project of “Decolonizing the African minds”

In our quest of decolonizing the African minds, the focus shouldn’t be limited to the mind only. The root-cause analysis is of paramount and profound significance. We need to unpack and dissect all sophisticated and complex root causes of coloniality.

Our beloved Pan African revolutionary leader (Honorable Mbeki) asked a question which obliges us as Pan African family to seriously ponder and find materially relevant and resourceful answers to this question:

“What have we done over the half century to advance towards the achievement of the objective of the African Unity?” President Mbeki, argued that

“Even today large swathes of our [African] Continent, across and without regard to the many colonially imposed boundaries, share the same languages and cultures and therefore a common African identity”

During the 6th edition of Africities in Dakar, Senegal former president Mbeki went on to say that:

“Charity begins at home, and Africans need to take the first bold steps to deal with problems affecting them instead of depending on the West.

Whilst it is no secret that conflicts are a bane of African development, the responsibility of conflict resolution should be left to Africans.

The Ivorian and Libyan crises confirmed a dangerous tendency with Western countries who believe that they can intervene in every conflict on the continent.

“Illegal relationship between Africa and its former colonial masters!”, and Africa had become too dependent on the West.

But what are the solutions that would allow Africans to better manage the string of conflicts plaguing the continent?

The former president suggested that encouraging unity between African states is very key, forthwith he averred that the African Union (AU) needs to provide the needed support.”

He also accentuated that, as Africans in the Diasporas and in Africa, we must stand united to protect our interests and that the competence of the AU must be strengthened.

“Our country must pass on part of their sovereignty to the African Union to ensure peace and security”.

In the circumstances, I wish to call upon the honourable members of this pan African family to ponder and deliberate on what should be apt and strategic answers to this pertinent question:

“What have we done over the half century to advance towards the achievement of the objective of the African Unity?”

 

By: Senzo Scholar 

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