There is a drought of leadership in Africa. There are leaders who are trying at the moment. John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor is making some efforts in Ghana. Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki is also making efforts in South Africa. But I think we have a drought of leadership, because what we want to see in Africa is a leadership that has vision, and a vision that will make Africa respected. Not because we ask for respect, but we are respected because we have become players that are globally competitive. And also leaders that can unify the _______ of Africa. And that globalization . . . that survival is defined by regional sovereignty – super, national sovereignty; continental-wide sovereignty that says, “Let’s work together as regions. Let’s get to work together as Africa,” because numbers make a difference with globalization. We can’t compete with the European Union as Zimbabwe and South Africa. We can’t compete against the Chinese and the Americans as small countries. We can compete as regions _______ as the A.U. So this notion of regional integration – this notion of pooling our resources together – we need leaders in Africa who are driven by regional sovereignty. And we have had leaders who have talked about this. For example _________. You know he had his faults; but in 1961 they adopted their constitution. They _________. We as Africans are prepared to surrender our sovereignty in part or in total in pursuit of African unity ________. That’s the kind of leaders we want in Africa – leadership that is driven by Pan African sovereignty, and that moves away from national sovereignty. So no . . . Yes there are leaders who are trying in Africa, but we have a long way to go in terms of having that vision that is based on technology and science; a vision based on a regional sovereignty; and that will make Africa a respectable continent on this planet earth.
Recorded On: 7/5/07