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African Unity Must Be Taken Seriously

Sep 24, 2009, 4:30 AM

Without doubt the idea of unifying the African continent politically, economically and socially by bringing it together culturally and economically, is one of the most important dreams that had occupied the imagination of Africans for decades.

It was given serious thought by the founding fathers of the African liberation movement, such as Nkrumah, Sekou Toure, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Kenneth Kaunda, Patrice Lumumba, and of recent, the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

What Africa owns in terms of natural wealth at least made it the first or second power in the globe. It is blessed with natural materials which enable the continent to potentially establish a giant federal economy, capable of competing largest economies of the world. In any language, Africa represents a massive economic weight which can make all Africans rich, needless of external relief.

Africa today is devoting all its energies and accelerating all its efforts for a bright and shining future, through the umbrella of the Great African Union.

Let us work together for a United Africa, capable of creating its own destiny. As Africans we should talk with one resounding voice. The establishment of a federal government will shift Africans from the union position, to a group of states whose interests coincide and melt into one giant entity.

Africa needs to widen its steps, and complete the construction of its projects, for we are in an era when events develop at a drastic pace.

The Africa of today is not the Africa of the past. It is not the Dark Continent or the exploited continent as portrayed by others. Africa today is shining and radiating brightness.

It is a solid and strong continent whose people are the mainstay of its power and wealth. Therefore, to a large extent the issue of integrating the continent must be taken seriously as an old adage says unity is strength.

We urge that as Africans we should stop killing each other and bring to an end all the so-called wars on the continent for the sake of African integration.

"The best way of predicting the future is to invent it".

Alan Kay