Uniting Africa

Uniting Africa is not a new concept. It developed on a small scale as neighboring African nations united to resist slavery, colonialism, oppression, and exploitation. It grew into a movement to return to Africa her displaced descents.  It grew into a movement to restore cultural identity, gain global strength, and demand respect.

Africa is comprised of 53 independent countries. She covers 11,699, 000 sq mi, making her the second largest continent. The Republic of Sudan is her largest country with a total area of 967, 490 sq mi; Gambia is her smallest mainland country with a total 4,363 sq mi. Cairo is her largest city with a population of 9.2 million. Considering this massive area, with all the issues and concerns relating to each area, it will not be an overnight task to unite her. Yet, uniting her could be the solution to overcoming sanitation, health, food, and other humanitarian problems. It could also be a solution to civil and other conflicts.

“I strongly believe that Pan-Africanism is even more relevant today than it was in the 1960’s. Then it was necessarily visionary but it was this very idealism that served to limit Pan-Africanism to a dream, limiting its scope and to a large extent derailing it. When the hard reality of development set in, the ideals of Pan-Africanism were quietly forgotten and were put on the shelf to gather dust. Yet Africa’s place as an equal partner at the global table can be assured if it thinks and acts regionally.”

Lalla Ben BarkaDeputy Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Since 1900, there has been a series of Pan-African Congresses to address the global problems of people of African descent. This week the 15th African Union summit was held in Kampala, Uganda. Establishing a unified currency was discussed as a step in making the United States of Africa a reality.

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