One of the biggest aspirations of the PanAfrican movement is to form a United States of Africa. Similar to the recently formed European Union, a United States of Africa would link the economies, industries, militaries, and various resources of several African nations into one powerful entity. Ideally this Nation would function like the US with One President and a cabinet, with each individual country acting as member states. This idea grew out of the failure of OAU (Organization of African Unity) in the 1960s. However it gained more attention in the late 1990s when Libya's President Moammar Khadafy suggested the concept to Nigeria & South Africa (after his failed attempt to form an Arab League). A chief concern for the proposed United States of Africa (and the main reason the idea has not yet come to fruition) is how to merge the incredibly diverse peoples and culture of Africa. Besides tribalism and border issues, a major bar to the success of such a venture would be language issues. One of the biggest factors which led to the "cultural" success of the United States was the common language factor. Khadafy realizing this, would solve this problem by having the official language of the proposed African Union be Arabic. However this would be difficult as most countries in Africa speak either English or French. It also brings up another issue, that of leadership. I believe that the idea of a United States of Africa is a great one. One neccessary for the prosperity of Africans throughout the Diaspora (making an effort to create a Black Super Powever, instead of making Western European countries great). However as with many issues involving Africa and black people in general, the leadership must be questioned. Khadafy loyalty appears to lie more with his Arabs ancestors and Libya rather than Africa. That he proposed (actually championed) the United States of Africa after his efforts to form an Arab League failed can't be overlooked. Also his insistence on making the offical language of this proposed union Arabics is a nod to the Middle East. Not to mention that he would like the United States of Africa to work closely with the Middle East. Africa is a continent that is rich in natural resources, which includes Oil (Nigeria, Congo, and Equatorial Guinea). Since oil is the biggest resource of the Arab nations, it is not economically advantageous for Africa to form a connection. Furthermore, the terrorist links of the Middle East would leave the proposed United States of Africa open to attack before it had a chance to develop. Khadafy himself was considered to be the world's biggest terrorist in the 1980's, and he recently admitted that he was attempting to build a nuclear bomb (although he has publicly stopped building Weapons of Mass Destruction). All this would make an African/Arab partnership dangerous for Africa. My question to my fellow PanAfricanist is whether or not you think a United States of Africa is neccessary? If so, do you think it is possible? What language should be chosen? What type of Economic System should be established? Lastly who do you think could lead it? Lets Discuss!