Wednesday, July 29, 2009
It needs not be said how great the obstacles out there as an African remain. I am not content being a Ghanaian and a West African/ECOWAS community citizen. Surely Africa is more than Ghana and West Africa?
I can get up tomorrow, find some money, head for the airport with my passport and find myself in any West African country without being harassed about a visa.
I'd like to think that I could do that in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa, Chad.
Not so. Even the way some of our other African countries treat us is not on.
These are some of the reasons why a united Africa would serve us: hassle-free (or relatively hassle-free) travel for starters. Our govts give foreigners waivers of all kinds, tax holidays of all kinds, yet frustrate our fellow AU citizen's chances.
It has got to stop--but it does not only start with our policy-makers. It begins with YOU! This is because all I have said is common knowledge and perhaps populist. Go surf the 'Net. Tweet! Get on Facebook! New media is bringing Africa to life. Just get connected! And learn the facts for yourselves...
Meaning EDUCATING yourself the best way how on the latest developments on AU affairs. We have no excuses!
While you are there, you might be interested in some other AU-related links on Facebook as well. Perhaps you might even want to walk into a hotel wherever you may be in Africa and ask why there is no sub-regional flag and/or AU flag, but plenty of European/Western flags flying there?
I can do it. Can you?
Thanks for your time!
There are NO excuses. Africa Must--CAN--Unite!