SIR â€” Europe fought countless wars during the heyday of the continentâ€™s dictators like Napoleon, Permaston and Lord Metternich. These didnâ€™t stop there but went on even to the days of people like Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini late in the 1900s.
Fortunately, later European leaders like Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin came to realise that endless wars had made Europe lose the chance to be great by embarking on a series of reforms that would have seen her off as a great industrial power by then. This was therefore the background to unions like the European Economic Community (EEC) which later turned into the great European Union (EU) and is now expected to turn into the United States of Europe. So where is Africa today?
Africa is still in a state of poverty, wars and disease. As a historian, I look at Africa as the Europe of the 1800s. Africa with great politicians like Nelson Mandela and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi can do much to take the European path to economic might. Leaders like Mandela can mobilise the continentâ€™s other wise men to liberate it from its woes.
Great men like Kwame Nkrumah proposed the United States of Africa in the early 1960s. If Europe that was once like Africa can today boast of being home to five of the eight worldsâ€™ richest countries, why canâ€™t Africa achieve the same? Africa has created the AU and can now use this great organisation to solve the continentâ€™s problems that encumber its full unity.
A PROMISING WORLD AFFAIRS ANALYST
Like Europe, Africa can rise from the mire