EDITOR—MAY 25 is Africa Day: What about yesterday, today and tomorrow?

You have met for years and years, but still fail to find African solutions to African problems?

Civil and religious wars still continue to haunt innocent people.

Famine and hunger wreak havoc on the African continent.

Identity, our first human nature, has been lost to the hype and hullaballoo of European air.

Your excellencies, have you all gone back to history and discovered how Africa was ‘discovered’, how Africa has been a whole unit, a rich empire that even America and Europe drooled over.

Have you seen how we have struggled for the past 500 or so years and have you noticed that our problems have always been the same; from slave trade, to slavery, colonialism, neo-colonialism…in all its forms.

And that has left Africa a divided unit.

Some can’t identify themselves.

Others celebrate when Europeans decimate African heroes like Muammar Gaddafi and Thomas Sankara.

Yet others ululate when the Western media tells them that Africa is dark, while you watch on.

They have imposed boundaries to divide us, to an extent brother kills brother in South Africa’s Afrophobia.

And you are all going to meet, to discuss African problems which are more serious than African progress on the balancing scale.

When you meet this time, find a common ground; that of Africanness.

Europeans have the Euro, but when Gaddafi said lets have our own currency, some of you or your predecessors said ‘no’.

Their masters from the West knew their world would crumble if the gigantic Africa got its own powerful currency that would obliterate the neo-colonial Euro — for that, they killed Gaddafi!

Most of the problems we face as a continent come from the West.

Put this into your minds! 

How can 27 European countries, plus the US and other small Queen-owned states cause so much division among 58 African countries with so much power and vast resources?

With all the resources we have, as Africa, ranging from oil, minerals and others, why do we still struggle?

We struggle for fuel in Zimbabwe while our sisters Nigeria, Niger and Angola have a lot of it, and they all struggle for more agricultural produce when we can produce for them!

We could have been talking of electric cars if we were not in this unfortunate epoch we are living in and we would be having no fuel queues in Zimbabwe.

There is a missing link — unity of purpose.

We, Africans, are not ready for another set of discussions that leaves Europe and America with more bargaining powers.

Where is the United States of Africa project?

Anesu Chakanetsa,

Harare.

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