The African Union is celebrating 50 years in existence this year and as you can imagine we as Africans have plenty to say about the matter or should I say we have several questions to which we need answers.
The Au is something we write about every year and it amazes us that the underlying questions is almost always; WHAT IS THE POINT OF THE AU?
I have gone through our archive and wish to draw your attention to some of those discussions. This one from Jimmy is a must read
This year we are going to do something a little different.We are hosting a TWITTER CHAT on Saturday 25 May 2013 at 14:00pm GMT with a view to opening up the debate to some of these questions. To join the conversation follow Join @africaOTblog #AfricaAt50 #AOTBCha
In the mean time here some of views and questions from our contributors
@dfkm1970 :the AU embodies the dilemma of whether it’s better for the rats to live under the tyranny of a few cats or under the tyranny of rats working for the cats.
@idahorner: The AU founder- Gadafi had a vision of a united africa that was independent of Europe- was this realistic?
AU says they have succeed in uniting Africa and freeing africa from the colonial shackles do you agree?
@ttaaggooee :Do you feel like Africa is really 50? Why?, Which African leaders would you say have contributed to the continent the most?
@myburntorange : One of the OAU objectives is to rid the continent of remnants of colonisation. Through colonisation, strong market relationships and distribution channels were established and still dominate today, with legacy foreign owned businesses at the heart of the access and distribution channels. What is the OAU doing to ensure a level playing field for African owned businesses to enter the market? Has it considered the diaspora power? What of women owned businesses?
@postblackhist: How does the African Union see itself in relation to globalization? Moreover, to what extent should national sovereignty and the integrity of national boarders be respected under the AU in an increasingly globalized world?
How has the AU handled conflicts based on religious and cultural differences over the past 50 years and what cultural and religious conflicts are likely to face the AU during the next 50?
To explore these and other questions join @africaOTblog on Saturday 25th May, 14:00 GMT, let’s talk about Africa. Africa is 50. #AfricaAt50 #AOTBChat
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