THE GHANAIAN TIMES THURSDAY, FEBRAURY 25, 2010, PAGE 20
MY FATHER’S LEGACY (16)
BY SEKOU NKRUMAH
The best resources of Africa can be used to the best advantage and the maximum benefit to all only if they are set within an overall framework of a continentally planned development. An overall economic plan, covering an Africa united on a continental basis, would increase our total industrial and economic power.
We should therefore be thinking seriously now of ways and means of building up a common market of a united Africa and not allow ourselves to be lured by the dubious advantages of association with the so-called European common market.
We in Africa have looked outward too long for development of our economy. Let sis begin to look inwards into the African continent for all aspects of its development. Our communications were devised under colonial rule to stretch outwards towards Europe and elsewhere, instead of developing internally between our cities and states.
Political unity should give us the power and will to change all this. Under a major political union of Africa there could emerge a united Africa, great and powerful, in which the territorial boundaries which ar the relics of colonialism will become obsolete and superfluous, working for the complete and total mobilization of the economic planning organisation under a unified political direction. The forces that untie us are greater than the difficulties that divide us as at present, and the goal must be the establishment of Africa’s dignity, progress and prosperity.
Proof is therefore positive that the continental union of Africa is a must if we are determined to move forward to a realisation of our hopes and plans for creating a modern society which will give our people the opportunity to enjoy a full and satisfying life.
The forces that unite us are greater that the superimposed influences that keep us apart. These are the forces that we must enlist and cement for the sake of the millions of Africans who look up to a visionary leader to take out of the poverty, ignorance and disorder left by years of colonialism.