“Never before in history has such a sweeping fervor for freedom expressed itself in great mass movements which are driving down the bastions of empire. This wind of change blowing through Africa, as I have said before, is no ordinary wind. It is a raging hurricane against which the old order cannot stand…” ― Kwame Nkrumah, Africa Must Unite.
On this day 1963, Africans decided to unite for a common purpose. Today 25th May is the 57th anniversary of the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now African Union. There is a great cause to celebrate this day. The continent has come a long way. It has all the potential to succeed. There is an opportunity to ensure deeper regional integration and recommit Africa to a common unity and destiny. What lies ahead is what should be the priority of the continent.
Africa needs a broader continental consensus if it must thrive. The global impact of COVID19 has brought to the forefront the essential need for professionals, entrepreneurs, business people and students to constantly continue to pursue self-learning & professional and personal development. Indeed a lot is still left to be done by the men and women of Africa, especially by it’s younger generation.
The same applies to African leaders and their leadership styles. Africa needs true leadership to thrive in the coming decade. A leader needs to have a good head as well as a good heart. Leaders must continue to work to contribute to the development of our amazing continent by promoting entrepreneurship, innovation, gender diversity in women’s leadership and be positive ambassadors of the continent.
They must attach positivity, targeted action and collaborative drive to produce economic results for their nations. Our challenge post pandemic is to “build back better” as projected by the United Nations. Therefore our leaders must convert our continent’s opportunities into reality for all, especially for the millions of young people on the continent.