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Dr. Nkrumah’s speech at 1963 OAU SUMMITpdf print preview print preview
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Dr. Nkrumah’s speech at 1963 OAU SUMMIT

“I AM happy to be here in Addis Ababa on this most historic occasion. I bring with me the hopes and fraternal greetings of the government and people of Ghana. Our objective is African union now. There is no time to waste. We must unite now or perish. I am confident that by our concerned effort and determination, we shall lay here the foundations for a continental Union of African States.

A whole continental has imposed a mandate upon us to lay the foundation of our union at this conference. It is our responsibility to execute this mandate by creating here and now, the formula upon which the requisite superstructure may be erected.

On this continent, it has not taken us long to discover that the struggle against the colonialism does not end with the attainment of national independence.

Independence is only the prelude to a new and more involved struggle for the right to conduct our economic and social affairs; to construct our society according to our aspirations, unhampered by crushing and humiliating neo- colonial controls and interference.

From the start, we have been threatened with frustration) where rapid change is imperative and with instability where sustained effort and ordered rule are indispensable. No sporadic act or pious resolution can resolve our present problems. Nothing will be of avail, except the united act of a united Africa.

Unite or sink.

We have already reached the stage where we must unite or sink into that condition which has made Latin America the unwilling and distressed prey of imperialism after one- and — a- half centuries of political independence.

As a continent, we have emerged into independence in a different age, with imperialism grown stronger, more ruthless and experienced, and more dangerous in its international associations. Our economic advancement demands the end of colonialist and neo- colonialist domination in Africa.

But just as we understood that the shaping of our national destinies required each of us our political independence and bent all our strength to its attainment, so we must recognize that our economic independence resides in our Africa Union and requires the same concentration upon the political achievement. The unity of our continent, no less than our separate independence, will be delayed if; indeed we do not lose it, by hobnobbing with colonialism.

African unity is above all, a political kingdom which can only be gained by political means. The social and economic development of Africa will come only within the political kingdom, not the other way round. Is it not unity alone that can weld us into an effective force, capable of creating our progress and making our valuable contribution to world peace? Which independent Africa state, which of you here, will claim that its financial structure and banking institutions are fully harnessed to its national development? Which will claim that its material resources and human energies are available for its own aspirations? Which will disclaim a substantial measure of disappointment and disillusionment in its agricultural and urban development?

In independence Africa, we are already re- experiencing the instability and frustration which existed under the colonial rule. We are fast learning that political independence is not enough to rid us of the consequences of colonial rule. The movement of the masses of the people of Africa for freedom from that kind of rule was not only a revolt against the conditions which imposed. Our people supported us in our fight for independence because they believe that African governments could cure the illness of the past in a way which could never be accomplished under colonial rule.

If, therefore, now that we are independent we allow the same conditions that existed in colonial days to exist, all the resentment which overthrew colonialism will be mobilized against us.

The resources are there. It is for us to marshal them in the active service of our people. Unless we do this by concerted efforts, within the framework of our combined planning, we shall not progress at the tempo demanded by today’s events and the mood of our people. The symptoms of our troubles will grow, and the troubles themselves become chronic. It will then be too late for pan- African unity to secure for us stability and tranquility in our labours for a continent of social justice and material well- being.

Our continent certainly exceeds all the others in potential hydroelectric power, which some experts assess as 42 per cent of the world’s total. What need is there for us to remain hewer of wood and drawers of water for the industrialized areas of the world?

It is said, of course, that we have no capital, no industrial skills, no communications and no internal markets, and that we cannot even agree among ourselves how best to utilize our resources for our own social needs. Yet all stock exchanges in the world are pre- occupied with Africa’s gold, diamonds, uranium, platinum, copper and iron ore.

Our capital flows out in streams to irrigate the whole system of the Western economy. At the moment, fifty — two per cent of the gold in Fort Knox, where the USA stores its bullion, is believed to have originated from our shores.

Africa provides more than 60 per cent of the world’s gold. A great deal of the uranium for nuclear power, of copper for electronics, of titanium for supersonic projectiles, of iron and steel for heavy industries, of other minerals and raw materials for higher industries the basic economic might of the foreign powers — come from our continent.

Experts have estimated that the Congo Basin alone can produce enough food crops to satisfy the requirements of nearly half the people population of the whole world, and here we sit talking about regionalism, talking about gradualism, talking about step by step. Are you afraid to tackle the bull by the horn?

For centuries Africa has been the milked cow of the Western world. Was it not our continent that helped the western world to build up its accumulated wealth? We have the resources. It was colonialism in the first place that prevented us from accumulating effective capital; but we ourselves have failed to make full use of our power in independence to mobilize our resources for the most effective take- off into thorough- going economic and social development.

We have been too busy nursing our separate states to understand fully the basic needs of our union, rooted in common purpose, common planning and common endeavor. A union that ignores the fundamental necessities will be but a sham. It is only by uniting our productive capacity and the resultant production that we can amass capital. And once we start, the momentum will increase. With capital controlled by our own banks, harnessed to our own trite industrial and agricultural development, we shall make our advance.

We shall accumulate machinery and establish steel works, iron foundries and factories; we shall link various states of our continent with communications by land, sea and air. We shall cable from one place to another, phone from one to other and around the world with our hydroelectric power; we shall drain marshes and swamps, clear infested areas, feed the under- nourished, and rid our people of parasites and diseases.

What are the games of independence?

It is within the possibility of science and technology to make even Sahara bloom into a vast field with verdant vegetations for agricultural and industrial developments: We shall harness radio, television, giant printing presses to lift our people from the dark recesses of illiteracy.

A decade ago, these would have been visionary words, the fantasies of an idle dreamer. But this is the age in which science has transcended the limits of the material world, and technology has invaded the silence of nature.

Time and space have been reduced to unimportant abstractions. Giant machines make the roads, clear forests, dig dams, lay out aero- dromes; monster trucks and planes distribute complicated geological surveys are made; mighty power stations are built; colossal factories erected all at an incredible speed. The world is no longer moving through the bush paths or on camels and donkeys.

(We cannot afford to pace our needs. our development, our security, to the gait of camels and donkeys. We cannot afford to cut down the overgrown bush of outmoded attitudes that obstruct our path to the modern open road of the widest and earlier achievement of economic independence and the raising up of the lives of our people to the highest level.

Even for other continents lacking the resources of Africa, this is the age that sees the end of human want. For us, is a simple matter of grasping with certainty our heritage by using the political might of unity? All we to do is to develop our united strength the enormous resources of our continent.

What use to the farmer is education and mechanization, what use is even capital for development, unless we can unsure for him a fair price and a ready market? What has the peasant, worker and farmer gained from political independence unless we can ensure for him a fair return for his labour and a higher standard of living?

Unless we can establish great industrial complexes in Africa, what have the urban worker, and those peasants on overcrowded land gained from political independence? If they are to remain unemployed or in unskilled occupation, what will avail them the better facilities for education, technical training, energy and ambition which independence enables us to provide?

There is hardly any African state without a frontier problem with its adjacent neighbours. It would be futile for me to enumerate them because they are already so familiar to us all. But let me suggest that this fatal relic of colonialism will drive us to war against one another as our unplanned and uncoordinated industrial development expands, just as happened in Europe.

Unless we succeed in arresting the danger through mutual understanding on fundamental issues and through African unity, which will render existing boundaries obsolete and superfluous, we shall have fought in vain for independence.

Only African unity can heal this festering sore of boundary disputes between our various states.

The remedy for these ills is ready in our hands. Its stares us in the face at every customs barrier, it shouts to us from every African health. By creating a true political union of all the independent states of Africa, with executive powers for political direction, we can tackle hopefully every emergency and every complexity.

This is because we have emerged in all the age of science and technology in which poverty ignorance and disease are no longer the masters, but the retreating foes of mankind.

Above all, we have emerged at a time when a continental land; mass like Africa with its population approaching 300 million are necessary to the economic capitalization and profitability of modern productive methods and techniques.

Not one of us working singly and individually can successfully attain the fullest development. Certainly, in the circumstances, it will not be possible to give adequate assistance to sister states trying, against the most difficult conditions, to improve their economic and social structures. Only a united Africa functioning under a union government can forcefully mobilize the material and moral resources of our separate countries and apply them efficiently and energetically to bring a rapid change in the conditions of our people.

Unite we must. Without necessarily sacrificing our sovereignties, big or, small, we can here and now forge a political union based on defense, foreign affairs and a common citizenship, an African currency, an African monetary zone and an ,African central bank. We must unite in order to achieve the full liberation’ of our continent. We need a common defence system with African high command to ensure the stability and security...

 

 

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     DAILY GRAPHIC        PAGE 5          FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 
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