I recently asked here if a United States of Africa is possible and whilst I was contemplating that question as well as the responses received two things happened
- I received an email inviting me to appear as a speaker at African Union Diaspora workshop on 6 Nov 2010 ( Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London,SW1P 3NZ. time: 1PM tp 18) The invitation included a 14 page report based on the outcome of the the previous workshop in June of this year. This is the opening paragraph of the Executive summary
There are about 2 million Africans in the UK and together with their counterparts in Europe, Africans in the Diaspora are a potential force for good. Strategically located in some of the most influential parts of the world in terms of national and international politics , the Africans in the diaspora the majority of whom are highly educated have the potential of becoming a powerful lobbying force on various issues affecting Africa. The collective force of Africans in Diaspora has the potential of raising consciousness both in Africa and Europe and stimulate debate about Africa and its future in a competitive world.
But what I especially found interesting and would like us to discuss here is possible are the questions raised by the audience during the June conference
2. I received a Tweet from someone I don’t know and whose Twitter Handle is @BlueTurbanstone and this what it said
Not sure why I received that tweet but I decided to follow the link and see what I could learn and there was the heading BONO WANTS A UNITED SATES OF AFRICA. It is an old headline and if you have seen this before I apologies but it is new to me.
The immediate questions that come to mind are
- For whose benefit?
- would he be speaking for us?
There is a lot here folk but hopefully it will get us talking about this topic