Kwame Nkrumah, the president of Africa’s first independent country, described Pan-Africanism as “The total liberation and unification of Africa under Scientific Socialism.”
It is an ideology and movement that encourages the solidarity of Africans worldwide. It is based on the belief that unity is vital to economic, social, and political progress and aims to “unify and uplift” people of African descent.
Leaders like Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso and Patrice Lumumba of the Congo were assassinated by agents of the CIA because of their revolutionary Pan-African stance.
Recent history shows that, as a movement, Pan-Africanism does not have the same force as it did during the anti-colonial struggles.
Later this month, African leaders will go to the US to attend the UN General Assembly in New York.