Ọbádélé Bakari Kambon & Roland Mireku Yeboah
CODESRIA: Identity, Culture, And Politics, Volume 19, Issues 1-2, Pages 41-64
Publication year: 2018

Abstract: In 2016 Haiti, which was mentioned by name at the 1900 Pan-African Conference (at which the term pan-Africanism was coined), applied to join the African Union but was denied. In that same year, Morocco, in which an estimated 219,700 people are currently held as عبد‎ ‘Abeed’ (a word meaning both slave and Black person interchangeably), applied to join the African Union and was accepted as a full member (El Hamel, 2013). Using news articles and contemporary data procured from a variety of sources, in this paper, we will examine the Haiti vs. Morocco treatment at the hands of the AU as a manifestation of the ongoing struggle between the original Black Pan-Afrikanism and the modern-day counterfeit version also known colloquially as Continentalism, which disenfranchises Afrikan=Black people in favour of their white arab enslavers. We find that the hijacking of the term “Pan-Africanism” has had lasting repercussions for Afrikan=Black people, some of which are only being felt today. In conclusion, we will offer solutions and a possible way forward for Afrikan=Black people who have been disenfranchised in favour of arab invaders and colonists in North Afrika, where, to date, they are still regarded as عبد‎ ‘Abeed’.


One Response to “Haiti, Morocco and the AU: A Case Study on Black Pan-Africanism vs. anti-Black continentalism”

  1. Yolande Grant

    That’s why many African = Caribbean Black people are wary of some African leaders who never saw it fit before to reach out to us in the diaspora as ancestral Africans, to offer citizenship or access to our birthright, but all of a sudden we are invited, which is a good thing, but we are getting the sense, it’s only if we have money to invest. I understand some said they didn’t know there were so many of us in the diaspora, could possibly be about 400 million in qll, so now that they know, now what?

    People are planning to return to the continent, but on our own terms, because many of us have all the information Africa needs to secure itself and build itself into a super power, untouchable and strong..

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