TODAY marks 57 yrs since the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was formed on 25 May 1963. May also coincides with the 95th anniversary of the birth of Malcolm X, born on 19 May 1925. He worked closely with the brains behind the OAU, Kwame Nkrumah, who became the first president of an independent Ghana.
What would they think of Africa today? Can Pan-Africanists of today move African unity from an idea to reality to bring prosperity and dignity to African people everywhere?
In 1958, the All-African People’s Conference was held in Accra, drawing participants from over 28 countries to discuss African liberation and unity. It was the first time a Pan-African event of its calibre was held on African soil.
This conference gave sharp clarity and definition to Pan-Africanism, the total liberation and unification of Africa under scientific socialism. The conference as well laid the foundation and the strategy for the further intensification and coordination of the next stage of the African Revolution, for the liberation of the rest of Africa, and eventual and complete unification. https://wp.me/p7OMJc-1qo
African unity is an age-old dream. It is a simple but powerful idea based on the equally age-old adage that “united we stand, divided we fall”. This adage captures in the most profound sense the value inherent in unity. A family divided cannot stand, a city divided will be wiped out, a nation divided will fall. And we can say same for a continent. Therefore African unity is not only desirable but logical.
In his speech at the founding of the Organisation of African Unity, Kwame Nkrumah warned, “If we do not approach the problems in Africa with a common front and a common purpose, we shall be haggling and wrangling among ourselves until we are colonized again and become the tools of a far greater colonialism than we suffered hitherto”. We cannot defeat this system unless we unite. Only African unity can help us take decisive control of our resources. In Neo-colonialism; the last stage of imperialism, Kwame Nkrumah prescribes that, “Quite obviously, unity is the first prerequisite for destroying neo-colonialism. Primary and basic is an all-African union government on the much divided continent of Africa”.