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RealLifeLore looks at the possibilities of a United States of Africa.

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The United States of Africa is a proposed concept for a federation of some or all of the 55 sovereign states on the African continent. The concept takes its origin from Marcus Garvey‘s 1924 poem, Hail, United States of Africa.

Former Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, who was the 2009 Chairperson of the African Union (AU), advanced the idea of a United States of Africa at two regional African summits: first in June 2007 in Conakry, Guinea, and again in February 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Gaddafi had previously pushed for its creation at a 2000 summit in Lomé, Togo, having described the AU as a failure on a number of occasions; Gaddafi asserted that only a true pan-African state can provide stability and wealth to Africa. A number of senior AU members also support the proposed federation, believing that it could bring peace to a ‘new’ Africa. Alpha Oumar Konaré, former President of Mali and former Chairperson of the African Union Commission, spoke in favor of the concept at the commemoration of Africa Day, on May 25, 2006.

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Let me know would the United States of Africa work? Leave your comments below.

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5 Responses

  1. Lala

    The video just proves exactly how diverse Africa is, and unfortunately all those differences would divide us which is why it would never work at the moment. If tribes within countries can’t unite for the betterment of their country, how are 55 diverse countries expected to do so? Maybe in a 100 years it would be possible but not now.

  2. Mtetezi

    I honestly believe this is possible but it will need a leader with a clear vision. someone who understands African people and their tribes. Sadly now, we don’t have such a leader

  3. Mupela

    It is certainly possible. A few things need to be in place though:

    1. Political will

    2. Building a shared identity. Can be done Tanzania has shown what’s possible (we already have the motivational tools: shared experiences of oppression and the threat of Imperialism​, use this to forge a narrative calling for federation).

    3. Inclusive and balanced development model to ensure that people do not gravitate to one or two regions giving those regions a pretext to restrict mobility for Africans.

    4. Decentralisation at the sub-national, national and supranational levels. To match identity and power. Britain, India, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada have done it. Russia has a kind of federation it uses too. This might look like this: cities/districts, provincial (along ethnic boundaries), state (current countries) and federal/union(supernational level, beefed up AU). The cities, provinces would manage locally, provide public goods, states manage state level economies, provide public goods, while the federal government would run international relations, defense, economy and trade and act as abiter of last resort.

    5. Bi or mono party system to guard against regionalism. At least in the early years. China has an example.

    These measures would go a long way into making this a reality.

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