Which way Africa?
The sharp division which is in the process of emerging as to how best to bring about unity of the Africans, comes at a time when most of the conflicts in Africa are caused, in my view,by Arab expansion under the guise of Islamic fundamentalism, reaching a higher level of activity.
We know that imperialism uses
fundamentalism for its own purposes.
So, as in Syria today, it is
uncertain 'who is who', behind organizations
such as Boko Haram.
In my observation the main users
of Islamic fundamentalism are
the reactionary oil Kingdoms in the
Middle East, acting as proxies for
Be that as it may - the meeting in
Johannesburg in January of the
8PAC resolved that we are unable
to construct meaningful unity of
the Africans, by including Arabian
Africa in our unity project.
We re-affirmed Cheik Anta
Diop's thesis that the unity should
be based, amongst others, on cultural
attributes, such as language,
religion etc, rather than geographic
factors (ie cohabitation on the same
continent, which we call
Continentalism - which is the
project of the AUC).
This position which was taken
in Johannesburg was formulated
over two preparatory meetings,
with a two year break between them.
I have supported the Diop approach
for many years and I have
been researching Pan-Africanism
for two decades and more. I am
also aware that there are some who
would wish to push the Arabs into
the Mediterrean Sea.
Rather a civilization dialogue is
called for between Arabia and Black
Africa, for many reasons, one being
- to end racism.
The main champion of
Continentalism was the Late
Prior to him the PAC Congress
series had supported the Diop approach
to unity. It was Nkrumah
who brough Arabia into
Pan-Africanism, most probably
because he saw Gamal Abdul
Nasser in Egypt as his Brother in
Can we Africans South of the
Sahara and in the Diaspora stand
on our own and build our own
The Accra initiative, supported
by the AUC, for September this
year, coming so soon after the meeting
in Johannesburg and also using
the nomenclature, 8th Pan-African
Congress, raises a host of questions.
I am very comfortable with the
decisions we took in Johannesburg.
I have no personal animosity/
hostility towards Arabs and
I do have some admiration for
Dr Z. Zuma Chairperson of the
AUC. She is trying to push forward
the unity. Her adoption of
Swahili as the lingua franca is courageous
BUT it is wrong. She is
farely new to
The issue of how best to construct
unity puts us at the cross
It is bigger than east/west contestation
and related matters. It will
not be resolved by quick solutions.
Its an issue which is reflected in
the Afro-Arab interaction in the
Most likely blood will the spilt
on this matter, the solution to
which, in my view, comes from
It is not a matter of shouting and
violence, but for research and good
sense. It is an issue that only Africans
can resolve. Best regards and
Sensitisation Project (SSP)