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"From Africa, for Africa"

Updated on June 12, 2013

An independent Africa?


Facts and Figures

  • Africa - the world's second largest and populous continent
  • 30,2 Million squared km
  • "Africa" mean "sunny place" in Tanzanian
  • Population: 1,032,532,974
  • The Origin of Mankind
  • The African Union - 54 African Nations
  • Since 2001
  • Motto: "a united and strong Africa"
  • 6 Official Languages

Impossible or possible?

Many Nations, including P5 members Russia and China, believe that the United Nations and other countries such as France and The USA have no place anymore in Africa. The new idealism on the African continent is that aid for an African Nation should only come from an other African nation or the African Union. Of course such a notion at the moment is impossible to implement due to the overwhelming amount of financial and humanitarian aid that African nations, such as Libya, Somalia, Mali, South Sudan and Sudan, are receiving from international donors. The question is if such an idea is at all feasible in the near future.

Every single African nation has received financial or humanitarian aid at least once in the past 10 years, not to mention that many nations are still receiving such aid on a regular basis. The United Nations still have peacekeeping forces spread across Africa with mandates until 2016 and also one permanent mission. Even single nations have troops in African nations, such as France in Mali. Critics of such an idea relate to three theories:

1.The African Union (AU) is not large enough to tackle the issues in Africa;

2. Most of the problems in African nations are very severe and affect millions of lives;

3. Many of the issues are international or may become international if not solved quickly.

The first theory is the most relevant to the idea that the African Union would be able enough to independently solve African issues. But this seems impossible at the moment, as the AU receives itself a large amount or international aid. The second theory is very popular due to the fact that many of the conflicts are broad and affect many people, such as the Somalian civil war that lasted 20 years or the alleged Darfur genocide. The third theory has been deemed the strongest by most critics. Such examples are the hostages in Mali, Pirates in Somali waters, or the attack on the American embassy in Libya, which resulted in the death of 4 Americans.

Although the supporters of the theory "From Africa for Africa" have only one theory, it is maybe the most potent of all. It states that if Africa should develop into a stable continent, it should do it no by European or American guild lines, but by its own, in order for it to become a completely independent continent.

In the near future such a notion could never be implemented due to many reasons, including all three theories of its critics. But what will happen to Africa in the future, nobody knows!

Africa - many nations, one unity!

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      Andro Mathewson 4 years ago from Germany

      Yes, the main issues in Africa came into being after being colonized brutally and their borders being drawn with a ruler, without respect to their cultural past or nomadic tribes.

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      Stanley Soman 4 years ago from New York

      This is a very good article. I agree Africa is currently like almost every other nation around the world, built upon the post-World War 2 American model of government. However there is alot of social instability which undermines democracy. Additionally education, and standards of living has to be raised in order for peace to arrive.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      As with any nation[s] in need !......write on my friend !

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      Andro Mathewson 4 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for your positive comments, I truly believe that we should help Africa until the point that they are able to continue development individually.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      A lot of our populace agrees that we should stay out of other countries , Yet , you spell it out quite well , we must feed the hungry , cure the deseased , teach the uneducated how to learn for themselves . We belong there ! Thats just the moral and ethical call of humanity !