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African Passport – Apply Now


June 2015

An African passport will liberate the continent’s people from their colonial identity.  It will instill a renewed sense of belonging and pride. It will go further, as people freely move and interact with each other, creating diverse relationships that enable fresh exchanges and encourages bold thinking to provide African solutions as new challenges  may arise.

As sensational perceptions of Africa get stuck in a time loop, the 25th Ordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) that took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from the 7th to 16th June 2015 indicated that Africa has taken a quantum leap.

Speaking at the opening, Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma referred to “Our ancient civilizations cannot be compared to any other. For instance, the Obelisk of Axum, the civilizations of Egypt, the Nok and the Ashanti; the Empires of the Shonghai, Mali and Monomotapa, the Royal Houses of Nubia, d’Oyo, Benin, Kongo, Kanem-Bornu and Dahomey; Abyssinia, Zimbabwe and Mapungubwe compared to no other; the Egyptian, Ethiopian and Sudanese pyramids; the Mosques of Timbuktu, our languages, our art, music and dance; our geniuses created what is uniquely African.”

Quoting Pixley ka Isaka Seme’s 1906 essay she said.

“The African people, although not a strictly homogeneous race, possess a common fundamental sentiment which is everywhere manifest, crystallizing itself into one common controlling idea. Conflicts and strife are rapidly disappearing before the fusing force of this enlightened perception of the true intertribal relation, which relation should subsist among a people with a common destiny.”

Over 100 years later the idea of an integrated, unified Africa is on the verge of realisation. Innovations in information, communication and technology (ICT) have created a greater awareness of this cradle of humankind and the distortions of its recent history that are responsible for the current conditions.  Young Africans in particular, enlightened with this knowledge and armed with ICT’s are questioning the status quo, shattering outdated and unfair perceptions as they redefine what it means to be African.

They are recognizing that cultural, historic and traditional diversity, regional and geographical positioning and environmental typography, lends to a cornucopia of opportunities for expression that leads to wealth and prosperity. They are realising that utilizing and managing this heritage will require an imaginative balance between Africa’s roots and its wings.

The signing of a trade agreement in Egypt recently between the 26 African countries was an exciting development said Dlamini-Zuma, bringing us closer to the launch of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by 2017 which will include a total of 41 countries and create a shift ‘Towards One African Market’.  The introduction of an African passport will further boost economic activity, as Africans discover their own destiny, she went on to explain.

K. Bhana

 


 
 
 
 

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