May 25th:The United States of Africa to host 58th African Liberation Day conference: Economic Development for Africa by Africans.
The United States of Africa will host this years 58th African Liberation Day virtual conference on 25th May to drive home the urgent message of African economical development which is people centered and driven by Africans for Africans.
On this day, many African countries celebrate the hard-worn achievement of their Political independence from European colonial powers but the truth is that many African states remain economic slaves of the same colonial powers.
In precolonial Africa ,African Kingdoms built enormous wealth utilizing our natural resources like gold ,copper, iron ,silver and ivory but in 21st century majority of African states are left gasping for air when denied foreign aid.
It is a shame that more than a half a century after attaining of independence from European colonizers Africa lacks leaders who know how to steer the ship and lead Africa out of heavy dependency on international markets and foreign aid.
Burkina Faso visionary leader and Pan Africanist Thomas Sankara opposed foreign aid, saying that “He who feeds you, controls you”. He spoke in forums like the Organization of African Unity against what he described as neo-colonialist penetration of Africa through Western trade and finance. He called for a united front of African nations to repudiate their foreign debt.
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah in his address at the founding of the OAU, Addis Ababa, 1963. said : “We must unite now or perish… We must recognize that our economic independence resides in our African union and requires the same concentration upon the political achievement.”
Pan Africanists around the world must continuously advocate for a debt free Africa and follow into the footsteps of these great Pan Africanists that predicted the advent of neocolonialism in which we fight against today as Africa is betrayed by her own sons and daughters entrusted with political power.
Amidst the challenges that the pandemic has brought to Africa, the United States of Africa has remained to be the strongest voice for unity of Africa and people of African descent all over the world.
African Freedom Day was founded during the first Conference of Independent African States, which attracted African leaders and political activists from various African countries, in Ghana on April 15, 1958. Government representatives from eight independent African states attended the conference, which was the first Pan-African conference in the continent. The purpose of the day was to annually mark the liberation movement’s progress and to symbolize the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.
Between 1958 and 1963 the nation/class struggle grew bigger in Africa and around the world. During this period, 17 countries in Africa won their independence and 1960 was proclaimed the Year of Africa. On May 25, 1963, 31 African leaders convened a summit meeting to found the Organization of African Unity (OAU). They renamed Africa Freedom Day as “African Liberation Day” and changed its date to May 25. The founding date of the OAU is also referred to as “Africa Day”.
African Liberation Day conference will help to raise political awareness in African communities across the world about the ongoing neocolonial exploitation of Africa and champion for economic emancipation of Africa.
Mwalimu Julius Nyerere’s quote “You cannot develop people. You must allow people to develop themselves” is now more relevant than ever as we stand for Economic development of Africa driven by Africans for Africans at home or abroad.
Foreign investors and foreign aid will never develop Africa as it is designed to maintain perpetual dependency of Africa on the outside world.
Africans must unify and take a driving seat in their own development powered by our countless natural wealth.
The United States of Africa seeks to use this day to promote African Unity and redefine the future of Africa while encouraging the African diaspora to connect with their roots.
This event seeks to reunite all people of African descent and mobilize people of African descent to take steps to improve their economic conditions and seize opportunities that AfCFTA is providing.
Africa for Africans at home or Diaspora.
The conference will be streamed live on United States of Africa Facebook Page, 2nacheki TV a Pan African YouTube Channel with more than 800,000 subscribers and United States of Africa YouTube Channel.
Speakers across several continents expected to attend this important event.
Africa must unite for its own good and put its national interests first before anything else.