How many Africans know that the 27th AU sum­mit comes up in Ki­gali next week even as we ag­o­nize about frac­tured EU? Why must we be ea­ger to build a stronger EU and be in­dif­fer­ent to a strong Africa Union as en­vi­sioned by late Kwame Nkrumah? Why must our ch

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we must be con­cerned about the im­pact of the rup­tures of glob­al­iza­tion, the lat­est being Brexit? The ques­tion how­ever is must Bri­tian leave EU be­fore we know we must en­throne fair­ness and jus­tice in gov­er­nance in Africa? Is it not bet­ter we first sweat and ag­o­nize about an in­ef­fec­tual Africa Union rather than worry about the im­pact of Bri­tish exit from a Union they never con­sulted with Africans be­fore they joined?.

How many Africans know that the 27th AU sum­mit comes up in Ki­gali next week even as we ag­o­nize about frac­tured EU? Why must we be ea­ger to build a stronger EU and be in­dif­fer­ent to a strong Africa Union as en­vi­sioned by late Kwame Nkrumah? Why must our char­ity start from Europe? The point can­not be over­stated that Or­ga­ni­za­tion of African Unity (read; the African Union) was born On May 25 1963 in Ad­dis Ababa, Ethiopia, by 32 African states that had achieved in­de­pen­dence at that time.

That was ten years be­fore the Treaty that gave birth to EU. A fur­ther 21 mem­bers joined grad­u­ally, reach­ing a total of 53 by the time of the AU’s cre­ation in 2002. On 9 July 2011, South Su­dan be­came the 54th African Union (AU) mem­ber. Let’s sweat about a bet­ter AU not a weak­ened EU.

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