A united Africa, a global player
African unification is driven by the economics of efficient harnessing of the continent's natural resources and human capital for accelerated and sustainable growth and competitiveness in the global economy.
Addressing a forum on good governance in Dar es Salaam on 14 November 2009, business tycoon Mo Ibrahim underscored the fierce urgency of African unification:
"We need African integration and we need that now, not tomorrow," Mo stressed. "Who are we to think that we can have 53 tiny countries and be able to compete with China, India, Europe and America?"
Speaking before a group of European investors previous to the Dar event, Mo asked them to raise their hands if they knew Mobutu Sese Seko and Sani Abacha. Everybody did.
When he asked whether they knew Festus Mogae, no hand was raised. Africa is famous for the tyranny and corruption of its dictators.
A popularly prescribed federal system for a United States of Africa will clean up the image of the African continent, providing an investment-friendly democratic culture founded on the rule of law, citizen participation in the political process and accountable government.
A united, progressive and strong Africa will be the next China, Brazil or India in the global economy.