DECONSTRUCTING PAN AFRICANISM: THE DREAM STILL DEFERRED

Stanely Mushava: “Pan-Africanism has been up the podium from the outset of the 20th century, chanting down imperialism, propagating cohesion and charting the course to a better Africa.

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Stanely Mushava: “Pan-Africanism has been up the podium from the outset of the 20th century, chanting down imperialism, propagating cohesion and charting the course to a better Africa. Tragically, the vision remains a file too large to retrieve. As if disunity is not bad enough, inequality continues to short-circuit the African renaissance.”

Siyabonga P. Hadebe (Twitter @siyazi)

I feel we need to deconstruct the “sexy” side of African politics. Always putting a romanticized costume when discussing African politics prevents us from confronting real issues facing our continent. This is not a manifestation of Afro-pessimism or “self hate” on my part but an honest, brutal articulation of what I see before me.

There is something very disturbing with the so-called “independence” in Africa, which started in the 1950s when colonial powers left the continent and replaced by their extended, darker skinned relatives. Fine a white man left Africa, peacefully in some…

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