A week ago, I left Accra for Addis Ababa to attend the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Independent African States. You will recall in 1958, exactly five years ago, when the first Conference of Independent can States was held in Accra, there were only eight Independent States in Africa. At this Conference in Addis Ababa, there were representatives from thirty one independent African States. All of us at this Conference were unanimous in our determination to lay concrete foundations for the freedom and unity of Africa.
I am happy to inform you that as a result of the work we did in Addis Ababa, have created a Continental Organisation of African Unity. This Charter for the Organisation of African Unity will soon be presented to Parliament for ratification. A major outcome of the Addis Ababa Conference is that, the existing blocs and political groupings in Africa have come to an end. There is now only one Africa with a common aspiration and common objective.
A countryman, in spite of the manoeuvres and intrigues of the colonialists and their agents, the unity of the African Continent has become a reality. After years of colonial exploitation and oppression, Africa has been re-born. From now on, we have a common identity and a common destiny.
I am sure that we in Ghana will support and sustain this Union of African States with the same zeal and determination with which we carried out the struggle for our independence.
On the eve of our independence, l stated that the independence of Ghana is meaningless, unless it is linked up with the total liberation of the whole of the African Continent. With our united force in Africa, we are now in a stronger position to assist our brothers who are still fighting for their freedom and independence. Very soon, they too will be free and unite with us. This imposes on all of us a greater obligation to work harder and more zealously not only for Ghana, but for all Africa.
Friends and Countrymen, African Unity has become a reality. l can now see the Union Government of Africa already here. The atmosphere at Addis Ababa Conference was most cordial and we all parted happy and determined. Personally, l have never felt happier. The political unification of Africa which has been my life-long dream is now almost here.
Friends and Countrymen, l thank you very much for the kind messages and good wishes which you sent to me at Addis Ababa. I thank you also for this very warm and cordial reception.