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Thinking in English : The African Uprising

Posted by paa.kwesi on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 21:32

From the Archives, and before I got to thinking that the name "Africa" ought to be gotten rid of :) This is a fictional piece imagining the sort of continent one would return home to after several years of roaming the world...

The African Uprising, Jan 31 2005

In this century Africans have had enough of having their identity being defined by other
peoples. I speak as a member of the Fante peoples of West Africa. This has probably already raised some hackles. Relax.

Firstly, identity is not a threat. Attempted hegemony is. In this vein, I gain nothing and lose much by trying to disappear into that nebulous concept we call being Ghanaian. The Federation of African States (FAS) is coming. More than a change of name (as did the OAU to the AU), this Federal system will recognize existing nations within Pan-Africa.

This means that existing state borders will gradually be dissolved as administrative lines reform around natural African states. Commercial cities such as Greater Accra, Lagos and Nairobi will remain as commercial cities with their mayors acting in the same capacity as the traditional leaders of the various African states.

The Federation shall recognize all languages within its borders as national and fully legitimate for conducting official business in the provinces where they are spoken. The western-trained members of these districts shall make themselves useful by helping to mediate economic activity between their Federal province and the rest of the world where necessary.

The Federation shall provide the following services to its constituent nation-states:

the use of one Federal Passport
security
federal arbitration
federal parliament

Personnel for securing the Federation will be supplied by member states. All citizens of the Federation shall serve a mandatory military term of two years preferably away from the home province in order to facilitate a better understanding of the majesty of the Federation’s reach and influence.

There shall be no federal executive. All decision-making will be decentralized. Member-states agree to resort to federal arbitration for all disputes or risk a minimum 5-year occupation by federal security.

All existing agreements with existing states by the international community are to be renegotiated with the appropriate district officials or be considered null and void.

Welcome to Africa. We are home to all the peoples of Earth. Within our borders we wish you a pleasant experience and hope you will return with more business.


Comments

Right now the feeling in

Right now the feeling in Accra is almost fever-pitch with anticipation. The tactics have changed, but the mood is reminiscent of Accra in 1957 I'm told. Ah, that we too will witness these days eh?


GhanaThink Managing Executive

anticipation?

pk, what am i missing?
anticipation of an African state?


More like anticipation that

More like anticipation that "something important" is about to happen.


INTERESTING

Interesting. Heard of ideas towards a U.S.A (United States of Africa) before but the FAS bit sounds good too. What's in a name?
The reality of bringing all African states under one umbrella is not an impossibility, the difficulty is the willingness and the strategy. If Europe can do it, so can we.

But that not-withstanding i wouldn't change each individual nation's formation and attributes. Each nation can still have is own national identity and sovreignty, but with the open boundary access and all the attributes that a federation entails. That would cut out the complications of trying to make everybody dance to the same cultural tunes...for then there will be problems. But at the official level one set of rules and regulations can bind us all.

We actually have the foundation in place already; what with the OAU, ECOWAS, ECOMOG to mention but a few. What is missing is making these inititives count in the true spirit of African unification instead of always jostling, hustling and craning our necks towards other Utopias.

THE CRINGE FACTOR! WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT GOD MADE THREE WORLDS AND THAT I COME FROM THE THIRD WORLD. THE ISSUE OF RACE IS GEOGRAPHICAL AND NOT A STATUS SYMBOL AND NEITHER IS MY SKIN BLACK NOR YOURS WHITE.