Monday, February 26, 2007

why african unity?

Are you sure the African union is very important?
“Adams pavilion” is a fine looking, architecturally quite attractive building around African union head quarter. This building is found at the round about to locally known as SAR BET. Inside the building you have “Kaldis coffee.” It is the cities hot coffee shop.
At this coffee shop I always encounter many African (Nigerian, Congolese, South African …Egyptian ...Kenyan...) Brothers and sisters. Excepting being black, I tried to examine if there really exist a bond that attached us together.
44 years ago thirty African head of states had a firm conviction on our unity, our ‘undeniable attachment’.
History inscribed what the “30 founding father “declared.
“African brother and sister die a little so that Algeria might become an independent state, so let us die all agree to die a little, or even completely, so that the people still under colonial domination may be freed and African unity may not a vain word.”
H.E Ahmed Ben Bella
President of republic of Algeria.

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“WE have all become aware of the need for African unity, and resolved to study the means of attaining it, in the political as much as in the economic field. The institution necessary for this unity will not be long in emerging. Africa will be transformed by it make unprecedented progress.”
His Majesty Nwambusta
King of Burundi
“Even more on the economic than the political level, African Unity will be our salvation. …the realisation that we are amongst the outcasts of what we call the developing, uncommitted nation is more than ever to bring home the need for us to be organized and united. “
H.E Ahmadou Ahidjo
President of the federal republic of Cameroon.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Why African unity?

In those gauchely moments of the African union 8th ordinary conference at the head quarter, the capital’s main roads were conquered by the most hated federal police forces of Ethiopia, Shielding the safety of those dozens of dictators. Sitting at the verandah of a nearby pastry ‘Hany cake’, at the right corner of the AU head quarter, I was stunned to see all the hassle for the honor of the African autocrat. Why is all the harass going on in this’ magical moments ‘of the congregation of the ‘leaders’. I wonder now days if there is any viable purpose for the existence of the African union.
May 25, 1963, the African history came to landmark when heads of 30independent African state signed a charter of Addis Ababa, there by establishing the organization of Africa union. All African were delighted by this momentous achievement of the’ founding fathers’. Though the roads demand fortitude to flee from the shadow of colonization, African had a giant hope. our leaders can conquer all vistas of challenges.
The late president of Niger Diori Hmani, declared
African Unity “…will enable the African to participate actively in the life of men of other continents, no longer as a second-rate citizen, a poverty stricken producer, a subject client or servile imitator of foreign of ways of life ,but as a free man ,a physically healthy technically qualified producer, having not only attained the maximum development but also having retained his cultural patrimony , his moral values ,his soul”
Sitting at the verandah of HANY CAKE, staring at the fine-looking fence of the African union headquarter, I question the noble word of the late Nigerian president speech.
After this speech had been made 44 years ago, still I am treated as second- rate citizen in my home country by my fellow citizens for the honors of these ‘leaders’.