Pan Africanism: Is Africa Better Off United or Apart

For decades now, there have been series of unending debates as to whether the African continent is better off united or apart. This phenomenon has led to the rise of several schools of thought probing the feasibility of African unification and assessing whether it is indeed the antidote to curbing the continents worsening woes.
The African continent is regarded as one of the blessed continents in world, abounding in copious resources, fertile land and an extreme array of wild life species. In spite of this, the continent for a long while now has been plagued with high poverty rates, stagnated economic growth and dictatorial reigns which have deprived it of a world power house status and rendered it as a menial brand when it comes to diplomatic and economic affairs.
In forging the way forward, several scholars and leaders over the years have proposed the unification of African countries to provide the continent with a stronger bargaining and economic power to thrive in this hostile diplomatic world and enable it strike good economic deals to benefit its citizens and generations unborn. Why would this work? One can see the many benefits the EU and the United States of America have derived and still continue to derive from their unification. Continents and countries much less resourceful have managed to carve a bigger seat at the table to dictate who gets what at the negotiation table. Can anyone imagine then what Africa would gain should it be united? Major player in the provision of food in the world, of natural minerals, oil, even water, once united, it will be capable of setting prices for these commodities and dictate as well who gets what. This however is where to many others, the benefits end and the arguments against begin.
The diversity in culture, languages, boundary restrictions, and greedy attitudes of leaders not to talk about the slavery mentality and blame-it is that the African people have will no doubt nullify the above effects of unification. Why should we become one entity when in the end all that is going to happen will be a scramble for power which might inadvertently lead to killings and disorientation and then lead to the West intervening? The effect of becoming unified then would be Africa just becoming a bigger baby ever reliant on donations and crumbs.
What is your stance; better off or worse off as a unified Africa?
By: Benjamin Epton Owusu


One thought on “Pan Africanism: Is Africa Better Off United or Apart”

  1. Africa would have been better off United than apart. Currently, most African countries seem unconcerned about what is happening in Nigeria and they left Boko Haram in the hands of Goodluck Jonathan alone. This would not have happened if only Africa is united because having a united military from Africa would have been enough to battle Boko Haram

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