Politically united Africa was once a cause championed by the late Pres. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana. But then, that was in the sixties. I can bet he wouldn’t continue with such a project, If he were to be alive today. The situation at his time was that which gave no room for a second thought on the issue, an atmosphere influenced much by the excitement of colonial independence across the continent.
His visionary politics, no doubt, endeared him and his fellow Pan African leaders to the hearts of the North African icons–King Idris of
Then the issue of race was confined to the back burner as Nkrumah was already married to an Arab Egyptian lady. Anwar Sadat, on the one hand, had part of his roots in the Nubian lineage. To the
But the acceptance of these leaders’ vision of a colour-blind Africa by the Maghreb population of
It began to unfold when Diop and another renowned African scholar, Theophilus Obenga, presented a compelling research finding at the UNESCO summit in
Interestingly, this was happening a few years after the wind of pan Africanism began to blow across the continent, and two years after the death of its champion, Pres. Kwame Nkrumah.
One other important development that black African leaders neglected at the time was the construction of the
Perhaps It was the inaction on the part of black African leaders at the time of the construction of the dam, that gave the impetus to the systematic disfiguring and reshaping of most of the latter-day archaeological discoveries in
While the de-negroization of the ancient civilization in
There is no gain saying the fact that North Africans dislike black Africans. It has historical connotations, but the truth is that they have seen a people at equal pedestal with them at independence become so poor, hungry and mocked around the globe. Thus, watching their collective socio-economic situation get better than ours, and with all the gory pictures coming out of the Sub Sahara, their disdain for black Africans has heightened.
So, the recent wide opposition by Nigerians to the idea of unity was just one side of the story. It is most certain that the majority of the North African population may not even approve of such a unity, which they would likely see as one based on poverty.
Therefore, when recently the CNN inside Africa crew went to chart with them on the streets of
What can be called a fraudulent measure to annihilate blacks in North African history has been passed to generations.The Moroccans of today, will never accept that there are equally dark skinned Beri-Beri or Berbers, or that such a people, at any time in history, inhabited any part of North West Africa.
The homophobia which is enmeshed in history, economics and contemporary politics precipitated the genocide in the western
I can say without fear that the unchallenged impunity of the Arabs has also boosted the morale of the minority Arabs in the
The latest champion of one-Africa, Muammar Qaddafi, is a guy who enjoys international limelight. He is used to playing weird political games any time he felt like have been forgotten. From the nuclear cat and mouse game with I.A.E.A to erecting camping tents on foreign trips, to sponsoring the OAU name change, travelling with hordes of elegantly dressed female soldiers and all his inept actions. So, his new call for one
Black Africa can still earn the respect of other regions of the world the moment the leaders began to have the welfare of
their citizens at heart. This is the difference between them and their North African counterparts, who may want to be life leaders, but have the tradition of providing the basic necessities of modern life for their people–power supply, equipped schools and hospitals, motor-able roads, decent environment and little provision for the handicapped and the unemployed.
If these amenities and services are in place, certain is that when the western cameras arrive, there would be less negative images around to shoot. Then our neighbours would be eager and proud to associate with us in any form. We’ve seen
Finally and before that unity, black Africans must horn their political skills to deal with their Northern neighbours. They must learn to discern the issue of religion from politics
because religious hubris and sentiments may impede their political power within a united
It all means black