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Pursuing the dream of a United Africa.

Trust Mauyasva
Written by Trust Mauyasva

With the month of May upon us, conversations on Africa and African pride are once again reignited as Africa day is close by, ready to re-install and reinvigorate African pride.
 
The formation of the Organization of African Unity (O.A.U) now African Union (A.U) in 1963, served as the counter move to the 1884 scramble for Africa. This gathering had presented the motherland as cake to the greedy colonialists all of whom wanted a slice of thus, no wonder the introduction of present day boundaries.
 
EFF Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema, has often addressed the issue of modern African boundaries as a creation of colonialists and has emphasized on the unity of Africans.
 
In the same breath, Cde Malema has spoken against xenophobia and termed it as self hate given that it has been an attack carried out on “foreigners” by locals with both groups being of the same skin color.
 
The dream of a United States of Africa is therefore hindered by the view that one African nationality residing in another African nation is in the diaspora.
 
The term diaspora would in this scenario represent an immigrant community of people of the same origins living in a foreign land, alienated. Alienation is the result of being taken as an outsider because of a slight difference in ethnicity. Unity and love stem from the acceptance of difference of ethnicity and culture.
 
If hate is present amongst those of the same color of the skin, then the possibility of embracing and celebrating cultural diversity in Africa is made impossible.
 
With 25 May set as the 56th anniversary of the founding of the O.A.U, history of Africa must be traced and publicized. The Mfecane of the early 19th century should be taken as a reference point to present how groups separated, dispersed and formed new states but all coming from one single state.
 
If political affiliation is divisive, then the diverse African culture must function as the uniting factor. Africans should still find home amongst fellow Africans as was the case between the 1960’s and 1990s when liberation movements had base camps in neighboring nations.
 
Names of regions must also be changed to accommodate all ethnicities. The continuation of provinces under the names Mashonaland, Matabeleland and Manicaland does not seem to foster the settlement of various ethnicities in those areas. Enough demarcations exist but must not be allowed to move in from nationality down to provinces.

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