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AFRICANGLOBE - Zimbabawe’s President Robert Mugabe on Monday used his farewell speech, as outgoing chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to remind Botswana’s President Ian Khama that relations between their two countries- now rather strained – were once close.
AFRICANGLOBE - Mwalimu Julius Nyerere was very committed to the cause of African Unity. He worked hard with other African leaders to bring the newly independent countries closer together. He was one of the founder leaders of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in May 1963.
AFRICANGLOBE - The AU has worked towards achieving some of its objectives (on paper). It has, however, mainly been a platform for African leaders to rile at the imperialistic West for meddling in their affairs and driving an agenda that is not in the best interests of Africa. Question is, do those African leaders themselves have the best interests of Africans at heart?
AFRICANGLOBE - “Today, Africa has emerged from this dark passage. Our Armageddon is past. Africa has been reborn as a free continent and Africans have been reborn as free men. The blood that was shed and the sufferings that were endured are today Africa’s advocates for freedom and unity"
Surely we cannot let others, particularly the erstwhile coloniser, shoulder the responsibility of protecting our daughters! We see Africa apparently batting its eyelids as Westerners mobilise to send their forces into Nigeria, ostensibly to rescue the over 200 schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram.
AFRICANGLOBE - The founding leaders of Africa, among them Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and Julius Nyerere of Tanzania achieved political liberation. The present and future leaders must strive for lasting unity and economic independence.
AFRICANGLOBE - Fellow Africans, today as we celebrate 50 years of the Organisation of African Unity (now called the African Union), l have a special message for the African youth. To the youth I say first of all, be proud of your African heritage and cherish your African identity.
AFRICANGLOBE - It is not a matter to debate whether independence goes beyond shaking off the shackles of political oppression only; taking the struggle for empowerment goes beyond that spectrum. While going back to basics might not mean waging more liberation wars in Africa, the era the continent is living in calls for a different kind of war to be waged.
AFRICANGLOBE - The Africa Union is 50 years old. Hurray! In the coming days, African leaders are expected to gather in Addis Ababa. Many of them will deliver speeches upon speeches, paying respect to the founding fathers of the organisation. We will be reminded of how our forefathers fought hard to overthrow criminal colonial regimes and established the Organisation of African Unity