Pan-Africanists believe that all black people are bound together and can only achieve true liberty in unity. The Pan-African movement, which began in the 19th century, aimed at ending colonialism and slavery. It should now be taken to its logical conclusion. Freedom. In all its fulness. In everything.
One example of a new form of Pan-Africanism is Tony Elumelu’s Africapitalism. This is defined as the positive role the private sector must play in Africa by making long-term investments in strategic sectors of the economy in a way that creates and multiplies local value to accelerate and broaden prosperity throughout the continent and around the world. Africapitalism calls for a new kind of capitalism – a version in which Africa leapfrogs other models, creating a more broad-based and sustainable economy. An economy that is true to the needs of Africa(ns).
Decolonisation of knowledge also informs new waves of Pan-Africanism. Accurate study of Africa (and blackness) is central to examining how anti-black systems rise and fall on the same ideologies. Therefore, we need new ways of interpreting the Pan-African experience within all sectors of education. New ways of researching our lived experience; new ways of implementing research. Decolonisation of knowledge involves the de-hierarchization of knowledge. It involves acknowledging and confronting the hierarchies and exclusivities upon which we have built our world(s). Including some people. Excluding others.
We may individually be able to recognise anti-Blackness, but no one can dismantle it alone. Pan-Africanism is continuous work and hope and work and hope. We often do not realise that we have been pushed off into silos. But we should be lighthouses. It is important that we be lighthouses. Important that we shine together. It is important that we seek to end negativity rather than just examine it. Together.
Long live Africa.
Long live her people.
Wherever we are.