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Reference
Mammo Muchie (2003) The Making of the Africa-Nation
Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance. Adonis & Abbey  : 0-0.

Summary
The need for unity has been a recurring theme in Africa’s irredentist struggles against the forces of fragmentation and general underdevelopment. A truly united Africa however cannot be made without a prior making of the African. Currently, a shared sense of being African is at best still in a state of flux. The idea of Africa itself has also not been satisfactorily settled. With these in mind, discussions of any unity project in Africa must necessarily start with posing and answering some fundamental questions: Who is uniting? What for? And how should the unity proceed?

With gusto and candour, the contributors discuss the various issues, challenges and prospects of Africa’s unity projects in ways that have, perhaps, not been previously articulated in African socio-political thoughts. The 17 contributors – all very senior academics, journalists and researchers from different parts of the world, including Arabia, China, America, Britain, France, Scandinavia and Continental and Diaspora Africa, bring with them different traditions, perspectives and narrative styles in their contributions. While generally agreeing that Africa has the resources to rise above its current challenges, most go further to stress that with a resurgent imperialism, there is an urgent need to bring back the African national project through the triadic notions of Africa-Nation, Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance. These, they see as necessary, both as narratives for development and as counter strategies for the current drive towards hegemony and re-colonisation.


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