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Black Studies Books The QBR 100

Africa Must Unite

Africa Must Unite“Dr. Kwame Nkrumah begins Africa Must Unite with the words freedom, hedsole, sawaha, uhuru: the slogans of what he calls “the greatest political phenomenon of the latter part of the twentieth century–African nationalism.” The book reflects the optimism and energy of the 1950s and 1960s, when many African nations were, at last, throwing off their European colonial rulers and black people throughout the world were engaged in movements of liberation. by a great Pan-Africanist leader, sets out the case for the total liberation and unification of Africa.

Dr. Nkrumah wrote Africa Must Unite, right after Ghana had gained its independence, and he based his arguments and directions on the new perspectives that opened up for Ghana at that momentous time… Dr. Nkrumah believed that Africa must unite because all of Africa, no matter the enslavers, are enslaved for much the same reasons: forced labor and subjugation for the enrichment of other peoples. It was Dr. Nkrumah’s belief that the twentieth century, a century of emancipation and revolution, would finally eradicate colonial rule and imperialist exploitation.” –Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books

It is essential reading for all interested in world socio-economic developmental processes. Those who might have considered in 1963, when Africa Must Unite was first published, that Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was pursuing a ‘policy of the impossible’, can now no longer doubt his statesmanship. Increasing turmoil through the succession of reactionary military coups and the outbreak of needless civil wars in Africa prove conclusively that only unification can provide a realistic solution for Africa’s political and economic problems.

In the words of the author, “To suggest that the time is not yet ripe for considering a political union of Africa is to evade facts and ignore realities in Africa today.”

Praise for Africa Must Unite 

“Over fifty years ago the prophetic Kwame Nkrumah called for and wrote a book titled Africa Must Unite. Many self-seeking African leaders described him as a dreamer of impossibility. A few decades after his clarion call, some European countries created the European Union (EU) for their greater unity, collective benefit and for providing global leadership. Since then, American and Asian states have also come together, challenges notwithstanding. Africa is yet to make any meaningful progress towards a union government in spite of public acknowledgement of this need by some of its leaders. The foot-dragging approach in the unification of Africa has given rise to rapid westernisation in the guise of globalisation to ‘squeeze the hell’ out of the continent in virtually all domains of existence. In the midst of these aggressive efforts, Nkrumah’s visionary appeal is more pertinent and imperative today in the face of a weak African socioeconomic and political base. The time to unite is now and there is excuse for continuous rhetoric.” –Henry Kam Kah (Read more)


The Association Africa Must Unite was founded in 2008 by Samia Yaba Nkrumah, the daughter of Kwame Nkrumah.

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