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Pan-Africanism … Debate at University of Dar es Salaam

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Banner at main entrance …

Nkrumah Hall … from the outside …

High table … centre is Prof Issa Shivji who was coordinating the late afternoon session today … other discussants among others included Mr Hashimu Mbita and Mzee Joseph Butiku.

A participant reading a book titled ‘Cheche’ (Spark) …

Too much philosophizing leads to balding? Another debate …

Some of the books on display …

There are many questions regarding Pan-Africanism. Who are pan-africanists? who were pan-africanists? How does pan-africanism help a small farmer in a remote village who practices subsistence farming? How valid is the discussion on pan-africanism in this era of mega-globalisation? What does it mean that Africa should unite? Unite against whom? How come that 50 years after independence, most African countries are still in the claws of neo-colonialism – multinationals that benefited from our natural wealth still continue to do so now!

One thing that came out very clearly from the debate is that Africa still lacks good leadership. Whatever that means … it generally boils down to the fact that there has been a leadership failure in the continent … the failure is most evident in the ordinary people’s lives and the ever increasing gap between the haves and the have nots … between those who have amassed millions and millions of their countries’ money in foreign banks and those who wonder where to find their next meals.

The continent is generally in a huge confusion … suffering from loss of cultural identity, lack of a viable economic approach to uplift ordinary people’s welfare … a general trend whereby the generation of the few elites who benefited from early years of independence as they work hard to weaken new emerging young minds wanting to increase their economic, social and political freedom … the struggle is still on and will continue …


Written by simbadeo

April 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Posted in Siasa na jamii

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    Mario Ferranto

    April 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm

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