Pan-Africanism : What is Nationalism? Pan-Africanism? : Compare the Similarities and Differences

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It is a good read. While there are some redeeming values in both, they seem to be unaware of what makes Africa, Africa. In doing so many are looking for Western solutions for a unique African society.

When you want to do something positive for Africa you must first understand it's society. It is not Western based, but African.

What does that mean? The society is organized along blood lines. Notice I didn't say countries! These bloodlines are further organized in alliances. These alliances became clans and as a whole they make up the tribes, and they are lead by elders. And the elders are the key to getting things done in most of Africa!

Because of this structure, the family unit is more important than the individual, meaning, the individual will strive to benefit the family unit, which goes beyond wife and kids, but includes, mom, grandma, grandpa etc.

In a western society we tend to put this responsibility, caring for extended family elders on the state. If something like that would be done in Africa it would break down the family and eventually the society would fall apart.

Saying all that to say that Africa as a nation will always be a dream. That does not mean we can not pool resources together and offer help though, and that is the part I DO like about Pan-Africanism.
 

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It is a good read. While there are some redeeming values in both, they seem to be unaware of what makes Africa, Africa. In doing so many are looking for Western solutions for a unique African society.

When you want to do something positive for Africa you must first understand it's society. It is not Western based, but African.

What does that mean? The society is organized along blood lines. Notice I didn't say countries! These bloodlines are further organized in alliances. These alliances became clans and as a whole they make up the tribes, and they are lead by elders. And the elders are the key to getting things done in most of Africa!

Because of this structure, the family unit is more important than the individual, meaning, the individual will strive to benefit the family unit, which goes beyond wife and kids, but includes, mom, grandma, grandpa etc.

In a western society we tend to put this responsibility, caring for extended family elders on the state. If something like that would be done in Africa it would break down the family and eventually the society would fall apart.

Saying all that to say that Africa as a nation will always be a dream. That does not mean we can not pool resources together and offer help though, and that is the part I DO like about Pan-Africanism.

Beautiful words you've shared ... i agree ... and am often driven by an energy like you've described.

Maintaining an unbroken circle of Family, respecting and honoring our Elders, it's so in me.

It will be difficult for anyone to provide solutions for others, when they can't do it for self.

Thanks for Sharing!

Much Love and Peace.

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I beg to differ! The nation state is a European concept imposed on Afrikans by Europeans. Afrikans developed territorial states with loose, porous boarders that were multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. Cultures fertilizing cultures, competing to be better not to dominate and destroy each other!
 

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I beg to differ! The nation state is a European concept imposed on Afrikans by Europeans. Afrikans developed territorial states with loose, porous boarders that were multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. Cultures fertilizing cultures, competing to be better not to dominate and destroy each other!
The point is Africa is Africa now, and let us be adult about this, in many nations there are hundreds of thousands who dont even know their ancestral language only the White mans forced language. For thirty years I have heard folks say national borders were forced on Africans well if that is the case an there is a spirit among the grassroots to, as you say go back to multi ethnic and multi cultural, why is there such a recalcitrance to that right now in the ipad age, 40 years after liberation?. For one...one would assume if there was the former sentiment as you say Pan Africanism would not be something we are discussing as a wonderful idea in some glorious future, but instead something we could look back at and count the achievements of, as well as be discussing how much we as Africans in the diaspora should be trading and investing in a Pan African continent of unified people, unified without uniformity.
 
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