A conference in Accra, Ghana, revisited the 1958 All African People’s Conference, under the banner of “The Unfinished Business of Liberation and Transformation”. The legendary convenor of that first conference, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, famously said, “The objective is African Union. We must unite now or perish.” Yaw Adjei-Gyamfi considers how far we have journeyed towards the economic independence of Africa.
Fellow African citizens, prepare to pack your bags to visit Ethiopia. The country has announced that effective from 9, November, 2018, nationals of all African countries will get visa upon arrival, as part of “PM Abiy Ahmed’s vision of a closer and full regional integration in #Africa”.
The introduction of an African passport has the capacity to bring about increased migration of Africans within Africa.
Afro-centricity, a feature of Pan-Africanism presents Africa with a remedy to the effects of Euro-centrism. It’s time Africans recognized the importance of viewing issues from the African perspective in order to reap the full benefits Afro-centricity offers.
Kwame Nkrumah remained committed to the fight against capitalism and its effect: the underdevelopment of Africa. On the occasion of the commemoration of his 109th birthday, we should revisit his call for a united continent, says Adjei-Gyamfi Yaw.
Julius Malema, the leader of the South African opposition party the EFF, recently called for an integrated United States of Africa. The call received widespread support, but questions linger about the sincerity of Malema’s call and its practicality.
South African opposition party EFF leader Julius Malema has called for the adoption of Kiswahili as Africa’s common language. Malema also called for a border-less continent, a common currency, and “a United States of Africa”.
Ozwald Boateng unveiled his new ‘Africanism’ collection at Arise Fashion Week in April 2018. “I wanted to push that connection between my cultural roots and my design to the forefront, and I felt that there was a way that I could create an African aesthetic, but in a very modern way,” he wrote in Vogue.
Morocco’s fifth World Cup bid crashed spectacularly after it lost to the North American trio of US, Mexico and Canada. 11 African countries voted against Morocco. Namibia was unequivocal, clearly stating it voted against Morocco because of its occupation of the Sahrawi Republic. Morocco might have rejoined the African Union, but many Africans still don’t think its loyalty lies in Africa.