The creation of a Pan-African state, uniting all africans globally is a worthy ambition whose detailed workings remains poorly sketched out. One of the key elements to be considered is a winning strategy for the creation of a unified african nation. In my view, there are two possible methods of unifying the global africa nation. One is a pluralistic system, in which all african nations hold equal say in the creation of such a system. There is no existing model from which one can ascertain the potential of thsi method. Case in point, the European Union is far from having all members being equal. A method which is closer to the european union is to have a pioneer nation which serves to unite the other african communities in a federal state. Three possible candidates for pioneer come to mind, the African American community, Nigeria, and South Africa. The discussion of the pros and cons of each of these candidates, is the subject of this article. The African American Community: Personally, I hold a bias, in that I find the african american community to be the most plausible pioneer nation. Their history parrallels that of Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers. Could it be poetic, that they become the saviors of the entire black race, just like Joseph ended up saving his brethen? The African American Community is uniquely placed for this task. They are the tenth richest nation on this planet, if taken as a Nation. A worth that is greater than all african nations combined. Such wealth could be the source of investments for the high yield african ventures. Alas, africa has found a friendly investor. However, one thing that continues to shadow their potential as a pioneer nation is that they do not speak under strong one pan-africanist voice. A voice to speak to those in the wilderness, and guide them back home. Gone are the days of greats like Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey. What we have today are franchises of Black leadership, each preaching different brands of black power, none with the power to usher the much needed internal revolution to take the african american community to what seems to be their righful place in the history of the Global African Nation. Nigeria: Many consider this nation to be perhaps the most plausible of all candidate pioneers. 1 in every 5 negroes in the world is a Nigerian. 1 in every 4 negroes in africa is Nigerian. And as if she was conscious of her potential as a pioneer nation, Nigeria has always made gestures which Ali Mazrui, author of "the Africans" will call attempts at a "Pax Nigeriana". An example is that a one time president of nigeria, Yakubu Gowon, on behalf of Nigeria once offered to pay the salaries of civil servants of west indies nations. this was ofcourse, back in the days when Nigeria had not sunk into its mountain of Sinister Foreign debt. Proponents of the Pax Nigeriana, examples which include Bolaji Akinyemi, General Malu,(both Nigerians) and E.Kodjo of Ivory coast have always maintained that Nigeria role in African affairs ranging from Liberia, to the help in the Liberation of South africa from apartheid, is motive enough to give Nigeria the rights to the role of a Pioneer Nation. Bolaji Akinyemi and E.Kodjo, maintains that what is needed is a strong Nigeria, which "annexes" other black nations under a federalist structure. However, what holds Nigeria back is its need to get back into the road of economic prosperity (though by irony it holds most of Africa's Oil deposits), and a strong Central government. The strong central government is currently being frustrated by attempts by some sections in Nigeria to create a more federal nation. Its dominance in african affairs is also frowned upon by certain african countries. South Africa: In 1990s, the last hold of white political control over africa was loosened with the fall of apartheid. A new nation was born. This nation, Ibelieve to be a candidate pioneer by debt. In that, given the role of african nations in its deliverance, it had an obligation to play in the Global African Nation. It also has the means to do so. It inherits from the white nation, some of the best infrastructures in africa. It also inherits a good economy with a per capita probably second to Bostwana and Algeria. Its unique history and its peaceful transisiton to democracy is also considered good assets. It also has strong Black Consciousness, given its long history of oppression. However, there are many cons to its role as Pioneer Nation. Firstly, it is viewed by many as a new comer, with consistent foreign policy history towards africa. So much so, that African nations are tending towards Egypt and Nigeria as the two Candidates for the UN Security Council Permanent seats to africa. Morevover, South africa is gaining notoriety in Africa as being hostile to black foreigners, because the Locals believe they come to steal their opportunities. Also, though south africa's wealth is significant enough when considered in the context of africa, it remains largely in the hands of whites who reportedly own more than 90% of the companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Thabo Mbeki, a dedicated african nationalist, is faced with the daunting task of empowering the africans in that country. his efforts so far are commendable. Note: 1)I did not bother to deal with Egypt because modern day Egypt aligns more with the Arab nations that with Africa. Its been infiltrated by Arabs who have displaced the original true Egyptians. Modern Egypt is more interested in Arab politics, and only choses to deal with Africa when it is in its interest. 2)No African nation owns nuclear weapons. This means, any attempts at being a pioneer nation is open to bullying by European Nations. How do you approach the hostile world naked? 3)I welcome all comments.