For the last five hundred years, Africa has been routinely exploited by the western world, longer if you include the Middle East. It is a group of kleptocratic banana republics because the people who decide who rules the country do not reside in that country, they reside in Wall St and Canary Wharf. Africa serves now as a Western colony, in definition and in practice. A colony is a place established as a cheap source of natural resources, land and labour by a parent country - Britain in Nigeria and Kenya, France in Algeria and Mali, Belgium in the Congo and Rwanda and so on. The only way Africa can stop being a Euro-American colony is to have the power to refuse the demands of foreign corporations and to place the interests of the 99% above those of the 1%. However, I doubt it would ever come to fruition, as there have been numerous instances in other areas where a political and economic union has been hampered by western intervention, such as a proposed union between Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Iran; which would control 75% of the world's oil reserves, and be a beacon for Arabian Pan-Nationalism. This was in the late Seventies, and through covert whipping up of ancient Sunni-Shia tensions, the US managed to ignite the Iran-Iraq war, which drove a wedge between the two most regionally influential powers in the region; and once that ended, with there still being a possibility of a union between Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Saddam Hussein, acting on behalf of the CIA, invaded Kuwait, prompting military action from Saudi Arabia and the coalition, which washed its hands of all previous friendship with Saddam. This was the Gulf War of 1990-91, and killed Pan-Arabian Nationalism in a similar way that several Latin American regime changes destroyed Latin American Pan-Nationalism. Africa is the world's source of food and cheap labour, and the USA would not allow it to reach a stage where it was strong enough to dictate its own terms to the fruit and clothing corporations that dominate African politics and keep its people below the poverty line.
Out of many one - one Africa - united in its diversity, to create a more powerful voice in global affairs. Many of the "no" arguments sound like the same arguments used by european powers to dissuade those who might believe in a european union. While not perfect, the EU has at least delivered in part what the AU sets out as its goal: peace, prosperity, and unity.
I am in support of African countries uniting. I think it is the best way forward. It will strengthen their negotiating power and bring about development to a wider spectrum of people. Although there are many languages and differing cultures, if the idea was broadcast and supported by leader, people would gradually warm to the idea; especially, if they could envisage a better way of living for themselves and their children as a result.
The unity of Africa is crucial to the people of the continent. With the diverse deposit of natural resources and the recent discoveries of oil and gas, which will transform their economies, they are posed to become the richest continent in the world, with one of the strongest and largest militaries in the world, if they can unite. Without unity there will be no transparency. That is the Africa that no non-African wants to see. Africans are still waiting for their leaders, waiting for them to be ready to start Africa's engine and begin the slow acceleration of this great ship. But I think they are still sleeping while the African people are awake. Now that they have oil and gas being discovered in more than 28 African countries, all eyes are on them, like eagles waiting to take their chances. Only a united Africa can protect herself and watch her neighbours' backs. They are capable of getting TWO MEMBERS SEATS at the UN security council, and will have 53 members states in the general assembly, which is more than a third of the total members of the UN. It is of great disadvantage to Africa not to unite. My greatest fear is that history will repeat itself in this new age of hydrocarbon and gas blessings. While some people will wish to see it become a curse, it is a blessing. Africa and her children are rich. That is why the the economic, political, and military unity is essential to the survival of the African people in this new era.
African countries should not only unite politically and economically they should also unite militarily. Because no single country in Africa is capable of defending them selves but together, they are a force to reconcile with. If sub-Saharan Africa unite they will become the largest country, economy, richest, and largest ARMY in the world. So every single African country will be protected by the large African army. Every African will agree that there is a wave of economic army marching towards African oil , gas and natural resources. Without the cooperation between African countries , exploitation is inevitable and the same old history will keep on repeating itself over and over. The only thing the continents' leaders should do is to look beyond the speeches of foreign diplomats and they will understand. I think the African union is a ship full with enthusiastic passengers .
What does being African have to do with not having equal rights? Oh yea, I forgot, just in America and South Africa.
Africa is a turbulent, underdeveloped mess. If the countries there would band together, then they could stabilize their own continent. In bike races, if one bike starts leaning over, the riders around him will lend a hand to keep him stable, so they all don't go down. Dictators rise to power in many African countries because no one will do anything about it. But, if their neighbors all band together and surround them, trouble spots can be put out, before they erupt into wars and genocides.
In order to overcome the negative effects of years of colonial rule and then corrupt and weak rule in post colonial years in so many African countries, an African Union could provide leaders and direction as well as economic benefits that could help these nations become what they would like to become in the 21st century. It may also provide the power that will help them resist modern colonial expansion by powerful western countries seeking primarily to take resources from less developed countries.
I think African countries should form their own political and economic union. This will give them access to all of their collective resources to create a strong continent. I think that, currently, they are working against each other and hurting themselves. If they could work together, they will form a strong bond that will help everyone.
If African nations united to form political and economic unions, then Africa may be able to develop more efficiently in both sectors. There is already a lot of uncooperative parties in power. So instead of having all of the separate units of power, that do not seem to be accomplishing much, they should join together.
Africa is extremely rich in natural resources, but is politically and ethnically divided. There are also striking religious differences when considering the North and South. However, if they were able to somehow unite, as India did, despite many languages and beliefs, and cooperate economically, as Europe now does, then they would begin to see their material well-being improve. Europe is able to do this because the European Union makes the possibility of war diminish greatly with member states. In other words, it forces a kind of tolerance on the public.
Most of the countries in Africa suffer from extreme poverty and disease. They fight for land, resources, and food. If the African nations came together and formed one cohesive political and economic union, like Europe did, perhaps it would set in motion an improvement in all facets of African life.
By forming a political and economic union, African nations will prosper. Working together will eliminate in-fighting between nations as well as give strength to economic negotiating with other nations.
Africa has long been characterized by a wide array of politically and economically unstable countries, with few countries successfully achieving global relevance. There are many reasons for this, including a history of colonization and imperialism. However, the African continent has many valuable resources, and a large portion of the world's population. As such, a stronger organizing body could help form a viable economic and political force in the global market.
I agree that African countries should form a political and economic union. Africa is the world's second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. Although it has abundant natural resources, Africa remains the world's poorest and most underdeveloped continent, due to a variety of causes. By forming a political and economic union, the African countries can help each other in many ways thus bringing developments for one and all.
The various countries of Africa seem to be working at cross-purposes. A political and economic union would help them focus on the important issues facing them, like feeding their people and providing good jobs for them. The relationships built through this process would also help overcome the various antagonisms found between the countries, and would work in the long term to lessen tensions and improve the people's way of life.
The south African countries should form a sort of political and economic union to help lift many of their citizens from poverty. If they come together as a whole of nations instead of individual nations they will have much greater negotiating power. This could be implemented when dealing with trade issues. If a nation wants to trade with a South African nation they have to trade with all of the members of the union. This will give the South African countries much more power politically and economically throughout the world.
There just isn't any evidence in African history that a successful nation state is possible. Of the 51 current countries, the odds are that at least 1 or 2 would be run effectively and democratically. Unfortunately such is not the case. At least with 51 little corrupt nations, there is always the chance that real ethics and democracy might get off the ground somewhere. But 1 big oppressive cesspool of corruption would be too overwhelming. Real freedom wouldn't have a chance.
Unless a third party is there to help them in this endeavor, it seems like a big job for each country just to get their own country in an economically successful state. If these countries try to organize without that experience, it may just slow things down, and get them mired in corruption and bureaucracy.
Africa is currently unified by very little. There are vast differences in the level of economic and political development. While some countries are relatively developed with democratic governments, others are in a state of civil war or have dictators. It is difficult to see how any meaningful union could work until Africa further develops.
Africa is made up of such a diverse group of countries, and it would not make sense for them to form a political or economic union. Some countries are advanced, while others are still third-world countries. Each function at their own pace, and one method should not be forced on to all. Background and tradition needs to be observed, and there is no way to blend all of this culture.
Africa is far too diverse to form either a political or economic union. Mauritania has nothing in common with Nigeria. Many African countries are unable to form strong internal political alliances, so, a continental alliance is unrealistic. A more realistic approach would be to form area alliances with common interests. North African interests are not the best interests of West Africa.
I firmly believe that most African countries are not stable enough to form a political and economic union. Every year, there is news about a military coup or ethnic fighting on the continent. Moreover, there is the economic instability in certain countries like Zimbabwe, which are suffering from hyperinflation. Without this stability, it would be very difficult to reach any agreement for unification, not to mention the immense solidarity and cooperation that would be necessary to maintain such a union.