Many critics have questioned the authenticity of Algeria’s “African-ness”. This is part of a greater malaise which unfortunately is becoming more apparent in African international relations. Here we revisit the history Pan-Africanism in relation to Algeria.
The South African Freedom Charter states that the country belongs to all who live in it. But is that true? Does the country belong to anybody at all? Were we sold a lie?
As long as African leaders only challenge the West in high-sounding speeches but do nothing tangible to protect true African sovereignty, they are worse than the West they are keen to vilify. Case in point, Uganda’s President Museveni.
There seems to be a general consensus amongst Africans that while it is occasionally acceptable to comparatively group countries within the continent together, South Africa stands on its own, South Africa is not real Africa. Are we only satisfied with a poorer, less developed Africa or has apartheid left an un-healable scar in the African continent?