Samia Yaba Christina Nkrumah, a Ghanaian politician and chairperson of the Convention People’s Party, has said the African Unity project is a political project, not a sentimental one.
She was Wednesday speaking at the “Africa Now Summit” being held at the Commonwealth hotel in Munyonyo, Kampala.
Samia is the daughter of Kwame Nkrumah, first President of Ghana. In the 2008 parliamentary election, she won the Jomoro constituency seat at her first attempt.
“The African Unity project is a political project, not a sentimental one. In Africa we are diverse. The diversity is part of our strength,” she said.
She went on: “We need our own ideology. We are not content with ‘winner takes all’, we believe in consensus. We need to understand our contribution to civilisation, religion. The young must understand where we come from.”
Samia suggested that the continent must go back to school and be re-educated from African perspective.
“We need to rewrite our history because there are gaps in it,” emphasised Nkrumah’s daughter.
“We have not completed our independence. Don’t be fooled by the flags. There is a mission to be completed. We are lagging behind because we are not fully free.”
She added: “Everywhere I go in Africa, I feel at home. But in this conversation I feel more at home because it represents what Kwame Nkrumah stood for.”
Samia said it is difficult for Africans to borrow money. Money is so expensive when the borrower is African.
“The only way we are going to borrow at cheaper rates is for us to work and plan together.”
“We all agree we must industrialise, add value. But we also know our credit rates are very low or even not there at all. The only way we are going to borrow at a lower rate is to plan and work together.”
She went on: “When we talk about Africa, we are also thinking about our brothers and sisters who were taken forcefully out of Africa, the diaspora Africans. We need them and they are part of us.”
Speaking on the same forum, Khayar Oumar Defallah a Chadian politician and writer, said in the vision of president, somebody who is young, is one who still dreams for his country, family and projects therefore it has nothing to do with physical age.
“Yesterday President Museveni remained here the whole day and participated with us. Some of the youth were tired. For the cause of Africa, nobody should be tired.”
He said it is not the duty of other people to write the narrative of the African continent.
“The youth will not work alone; they will be supported by elders. It is urgent, we don’t have time. This is the challenge the youth, government and all of us have to pick.”
He added: “We need to reform our education system for our children. I sometimes hear the question how? As Africans we need to invent an education system for Africans.”