Message from the President of the Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement (PAFM)

Dear sisters and brothers, Pan-Africanist federalist comrades,

Like the rest of the world, Africans on the Continent and in the Diaspora are facing this devastating global crisis linked to the Coronavirus. We are going through extremely difficult times together, which will undoubtedly leave indelible marks on our way of life. This very serious health crisis links our destinies because it transcends borders. The entire African Nation, here and elsewhere, is affected, directly or indirectly. This pandemic is real and should be taken seriously.

However large it may be, the Coronavirus pandemic will be overcome. The fight against this scourge will not be easy, but it will require discipline and unwavering commitment from us, despite the discomforts that will ensue. We must scrupulously follow the recommendations of the competent authorities, especially recommendations related to personal hygiene, but also to self-isolation and social distancing. 

In addition, we must be careful not to fall into conspiracy theories or other erroneous information, which could delay any resolution of the crisis as soon as possible. The time will come to assess, situate responsibilities and to comb through the ins and outs of this crisis, as well as think about an effective strategy that will prevent or contain such a pandemic in the future. For now, our main concern should be to maximize our chances of eliminating this threat for Africans on the Continent and the Diaspora, and for the whole world.

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Message du Président du Mouvement Fédéraliste Panafricain (MFPA)

Chers sœurs et frères, Camarades panafricanistes fédéralistes,

A l’instar du reste du monde, les Africains du Continent et de la Diaspora sont en train de faire face à cette crise mondiale dévastatrice liée au Coronavirus. Nous traversons ensemble des moments extrêmement difficiles, qui sans doute laisseront des marques indélébiles sur notre mode de vie. Cette crise sanitaire gravissime lie nos destins parce qu’elle transcende les frontières. Toute la Nation africaine, d’ici et d’ailleurs, est affectée, directement ou indirectement. Cette pandémie est réelle et devrait être prise au sérieux. 

Cependant, quelle que soit son ampleur, cette pandémie sera vaincue. La lutte contre ce fléau ne sera pas facile, mais elle exigera de nous de la discipline et un engagement indéfectible, malgré les inconforts qui en découleront. Nous devons suivre scrupuleusement les recommandations des autorités compétentes, surtout celles liées à l’hygiène personnelle, mais également au confinement et au maintien d'une distance sociale.


Par ailleurs, soyons vigilants en évitant de verser dans des théories de conspirations, ou autres informations erronées, qui pourraient être de nature à retarder toute résolution de la crise dans les meilleurs délais. Il viendra le temps d’évaluer, de situer les responsabilités et de passer au peigne fin les tenants et les aboutissants de cette crise, ainsi qu’une stratégie efficace qui permettra d’éviter ou de contenir à l’avenir une telle pandémie.

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After a year 2019 rich in achievements, the Pan African Federalist Movement kicks off the new decade with new commitments

Dakar February 27, 2020 - The Pan African Federalist Movement (PAFM), which is built around the Call for the First Pan African Federalist Congress launched since from Dakar in 2015, has just completed a year rich in achievements, but also in lessons, in its march towards the First Pan African Federalist Congress for the creation of the United African States. 

Following the Pre-congress held in Accra in December 2018, which officially announced the birth of the Pan African Federalist Movement, the physical meeting in Bamako from December 9 to 14, 2019 enabled the International Preparatory Committee (IPC) to consolidate the orientation and management of the Movement. The Bamako meeting marked a decisive turning point in the evolution of the PAFM. With the effective presence of the vast majority of its elected members, the IPC was able to revise and unanimously adopt the following documents:

  • The Charter of the Congress,
  • The Concept of the congress,
  • Building our Campaign machine,
  • The Terms of Reference of the Congress,
  • The Functioning of the CIP for 2020

However, the Movement had experienced ups and downs in the past year, notably with the departure of some of its leaders, but was able to climb back up very quickly. In addition to the resounding success of Bamako 2019, in particular the fruitful meetings with civil society and unions, the Malian authorities including former presidents Alpha Oumar Konaré and Dioncounda Traoré, the current President HE Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the IPC had new members, whose backgrounds are particularly marked by a pan-Africanist commitment, and former members, who have all willingly accepted to fill the positions of responsibility left vacant. 

Thus, in addition to choosing Bamako as the location of the Headquarters of the PAFM, comrade Adama Samassékou from Mali was proposed as interim President of the Movement's IPC. Comrade Joomaay Faye, who held the position of Acting Secretary General, was confirmed by the IPC at its meeting on January 4, 2020. At the following meeting on February 1, 2020, Comrade Adama Samassékou was confirmed as President of the IPC, Comrade Amadou Seck of the United States was elected Vice-President of the IPC, and Comrade Vusi Gumede of South Africa, Assistant to the President in charge of External Relations. 

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AFRICA MUST UNITE - DR. KWAME NKRUMAH SPEAKS IN ADDIS ABABA

I am happy to be here in Addis Ababa on this most historic occasion. I bring with me the hopes and fraternal greetings of the government and people of Ghana.
Our objective is African union now. There is no time to waste. We must unite now or perish. I am confident that by our concerted effort and determination, we shall lay here the foundations for a continental Union of African States.
A whole continent has imposed a mandate upon us to lay the foundation of our union at this conference. It is our responsibility to execute this mandate by creating here and now, the formula upon which the requisite superstructure may be created.
On this continent, it has not taken us long to discover that the struggle against colonialism does not end with the attainment of national independence. Independence is only the prelude to a new and more involved struggle for the right to conduct our own economic and social affairs; to construct our society according to our aspirations, unhampered by crushing and humiliating neo-colonialist controls and interference.
From the start we have been threatened with frustration where rapid change is imperative and with instability where sustained effort and ordered rule are indispensable. No sporadic act nor pious resolution can resolve our present problems. Nothing will be of avail, except the united act of a united Africa.
We have already reached the stage where we must unite or sink into that condition which has made Latin America the unwilling and distressed prey of imperialism after one-and-a-half centuries of political independence.
As a continent, we have emerged into independence in a different age, with imperialism grown stronger, more ruthless and experienced, and more dangerous in its international associations. Our economic advancement demands the end of colonialist and neo-colonialist domination of Africa.

But just as we understood that the shaping of our national destinies required of each of us our political independence and bent all our strength to this attainment, so we must recognise that our economic independence resides in our African union and requires the same concentration upon the political achievement.
The unity of our continent, no less than our separate independence, will be delayed if, indeed, we do not lose it, by hobnobbing with colonialism.
African unity is, above all, a political kingdom which can only be gained by political means. The social and economic development of Africa will come only within the political kingdom, not the other way round.
Is it not unity alone that can weld us into an effective force, capable of creating our own progress and making our valuable contribution to world peace? Which independent African state, which of you here, will claim that its financial structure and banking institutions are fully harnessed to its national development?
Which will claim that its material resources and human energies are available for its own national aspirations? Which will disclaim a substantial measure of disappointment and disillusionment in its agricultural and urban development? In independent Africa, we are already re-experiencing the instability and frustration which existed under colonial rule.
We are fast learning that political independence is not enough to rid us of the consequences of colonial rule. The movement of the masses of the people of Africa for freedom from that kind of rule was not only a revolt against the conditions which it imposed. Our people supported us in our fight for independence because they believed that African governments could cure the ills of the past in a way which could never be accomplished under colonial rule.
If, therefore, now that we are independent we allow the same conditions to exist that existed in colonial days, all the resentment which overthrew colonialism will be mobilised against us. The resources are there. It is for us to marshal them in the active service of our people.
Unless we do this by our concerted efforts, within the framework of our combined planning, we shall not progress at the tempo demanded by today's events and the mood of our people. The symptoms of our troubles will grow, and the troubles themselves become chronic. It will then be too late for pan-African unity to secure for us stability and tranquillity in our labours for a continent of social justice and material wellbeing.
Our continent certainly exceeds all the others in potential hydroelectric power, which some experts assess as 42% of the world's total. What need is there for us to remain hewers of wood and drawers of water for the industrialised areas of the world?
It is said, of course, that we have no capital, no industrial skill, no communications, and no internal markets, and that we cannot even agree among ourselves how best to utilise our resources for our own social needs. Yet all stock exchanges in the world are preoccupied with Africa's gold, diamonds, uranium, platinum, copper and iron ore.
Our capital flows out in streams to irrigate the whole system of Western economy. Fifty-two per cent of the gold in Fort Knox at this moment, where the USA stores its bullion, is believed to have originated from our shores. Africa provides more than 60% of the world's gold.
A great deal of the uranium for nuclear power, of copper for electronics, of titanium for supersonic projectiles, of iron and steel for heavy industries, of other minerals and raw materials for lighter industries - the basic economic might of the foreign powers - come from our continent.
Experts have estimated that the Congo Basin alone can produce enough food crops to satisfy the requirements of nearly half the population of the whole world, and here we sit talking about gradualism, talking about step by step.
Are you afraid to tackle the bull by the horn? For centuries, Africa has been the milch cow of the Western world. Was it not our continent that helped the Western world to build up its accumulated wealth?
We have the resources. It was colonialism in the first place that prevented us from accumulating the effective capital; but we ourselves have failed to make full use of our power in independence to mobilise our resources for the most effective take-off into thorough-going economic and social development.
We have been too busy nursing our separate states to understand fully the basic need of our union, rooted in common purpose, common planning and common endeavour.
A union that ignores these fundamental necessities will be but a sham. It is only by uniting our productive capacity and the resultant production that we can amass capital. And once we start, the momentum will increase. With capital controlled by our own banks, harnessed to our own true industrial and agricultural development, we shall make our advance.
We shall accumulate machinery and establish steel works, iron foundries and factories; we shall link the various states of our continent with communications by land, sea, and air. We shall cable from one place to another, phone from one place to the other and astound the world with our hydro-electric power; we shall drain marshes and swamps, clear infested areas, feed the undernourished, and rid our people of parasites and disease.
Camels and Donkeys No More
It is within the possibility of science and technology to make even the Sahara bloom into a vast field with verdant vegetation for agricultural and industrial development. We shall harness the radio, television, giant printing presses to lift our people from the dark recesses of illiteracy. A decade ago, these would have been visionary words, the fantasies of an idle dreamer. But this is the age in which science has transcended the limits of the material world, and technology has invaded the silences of nature.
Time and space have been reduced to unimportant abstractions. Giant machines make roads, clear forests, dig dams, lay out aerodromes; monster trucks and planes distribute goods; huge laboratories manufacture drugs; complicated geological surveys are made; mighty power stations are built; colossal factories erected - all at an incredible speed. The world is no longer moving through bush paths or on camels and donkeys.
We cannot afford to pace our needs, our development, our security, to the gait of camels and donkeys. We cannot afford not to cut down the overgrown bush of outmoded attitudes that obstruct our path to the modern open road of the widest and earliest achievement of economic independence and the raising up of the lives of our people to the highest level.
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Even for other continents lacking the resources of Africa, this is the age that sees the end of human want. For us it is a simple matter of grasping with certainty our heritage by using the political might of unity. All we need to do is to develop with our united strength the enormous resources of our continent.
What use to the farmer is education and mechanisation, what use is even capital for development, unless we can ensure for him a fair price and a ready market?
What has the peasant, worker and farmer gained from political independence, unless we can ensure for him a fair return for his labour and a higher standard of living? Unless we can establish great industrial complexes in Africa, what have the urban worker, and those peasants on overcrowded land gained from political independence? If they are to remain unemployed or in unskilled occupation, what will avail them the better facilities for education, technical training, energy, and ambition which independence enables us to provide?
There is hardly any African state without a frontier problem with its adjacent neighbours. It would be futile for me to enumerate them because they are already so familiar to us all. But let me suggest that this fatal relic of colonialism will drive us to war against one another as our unplanned and uncoordinated industrial development expands, just as happened in Europe.
Unless we succeed in arresting the danger through mutual understanding on fundamental issues and through African unity, which will render existing boundaries obsolete and superfluous, we shall have fought in vain for independence.
Only African unity can heal this festering sore of boundary disputes between our various states. The remedy for these ills is ready in our hands. It stares us in the face at every customs barrier, it shouts to us from every African heart. By creating a true political union of all the independent states of Africa, with executive powers for political direction, we can tackle hopefully every emergency and every complexity.
This is because we have emerged in the age of science and technology in which poverty, ignorance, and disease are no longer the masters, but the retreating foes of mankind. Above all, we have emerged at a time when a continental land mass like Africa with its population approaching 300 million is necessary to the economic capitalisation and profitability of modern productive methods and techniques. Not one of us working singly and individually can successfully attain the fullest development.
Certainly, in the circumstances, it will not be possible to give adequate assistance to sister states trying, against the most difficult conditions, to improve their economic and social structures. Only a united Africa functioning under a union government can forcefully mobilise the material and moral resources of our separate countries and apply them efficiently and energetically to bring a rapid change in the conditions of our people.
Unite we must. Without necessarily sacrificing our sovereignties, big or small, we can here and now forge a political union based on defence, foreign affairs and diplomacy, and a common citizenship, an African currency, an African monetary zone, and an African central bank. We must unite in order to achieve the full liberation of our continent.

We need a common defence system with African high command to ensure the stability and security of Africa. We have been charged with this sacred task by our own people, and we cannot betray their trust by failing them. We will be mocking the hopes of our people if we show the slightest hesitation or delay in tackling realistically this question of African unity.
We need unified economic planning for Africa. Until the economic power of Africa is in our hands, the masses can have no real concern and no real interest for safeguarding our security, for ensuring the stability of our regimes, and for bending their strength to the fulfilment of our ends.
With our united resources, energies and talents we have the means, as soon as we show the will, to transform the economic structures of our individual states from poverty to that of wealth, from inequality to the satisfaction of popular needs. Only on a continental basis shall we be able to plan the proper utilisation of all our resources for the full development of our continent.


How else will we retain our own capital for own development? How else will we establish an internal market for our own industries? By belonging to different economic zones, how will we break down the currency and trading barriers between African states, and how will the economically stronger amongst us be able to assist the weaker and less developed states?


It is important to remember that independent financing and independent development cannot take place without an independent currency. A currency system that is backed by the resources of a foreign state is ipso facto subject to the trade and financial arrangements of that foreign country.

Because we have so many customs and currency barriers as a result of being subject to the different currency systems of foreign powers, this has served to widen the gap between us in Africa. How, for example, can related communities and families trade with, and support one another successfully, if they find themselves divided by national boundaries and currency restrictions?

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Working session at WARC du ciip

The CALL is an introduction, the context, the why it is the front door.

The visitor must be immediately challenged by this and will decide to stay or leave.

He will decide to answer this call by signing a commitment, signing the petition, making a membership, pledging his support, HAS DECIDED AND DETAILED

Everything related to the Call like the poem can come in here

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Installation ceremony of the Provisional National Committee

The CALL is an introduction, the context, the why it is the front door. The visitor must be immediately challenged by this and will decide to stay or leave. He will decide to answer this call by signing a commitment, signing the petition, making a membership, pledging his support, HAS DECIDED AND DETAILED

Everything related to the Call like the poem can come in here

Put everything related to hiring procedures, membership requests, petitions, etc.

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UNITED AFRICAN STATES: Young people lead the way

Over two hundred young people participated in the pre-congress for the realization of the United African States (UAE) in the space of a generation.

Held in Accra from December 8 to 13, the event welcomed participants from Africa and the diaspora to discuss the way forward to lead the Pan-African Federalist Movement (MFPA) campaign and arrive at an Africa united.

 Most of the young people arrived by caravan by road. But the long days of travel and the road harassment have not worn out their commitment.

If the signs of fatigue were visible on their faces, their determination remained intact Head of the Senegalese delegation to this pre-congress, Birame Basse, commonly known as Ibou, underlines how difficult the trip was.

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UNITED AFRICAN STATES: Accra 2018, a symbolic step towards the unity of Africa

After three years of preparation, the Provisional International Initiative Committee (CIIP) for the realization of the United African States (UAE) in the space of a generation held its first international meeting, from December 8 to 13 in Ghana. This pre-congress took place thanks to the active participation of young people, women, and men, but also high personalities of Africa and its diaspora, convinced of the need to continue the fight of the precursors of Pan-Africanism so that Africa speaks with one voice.

Coincidence is not accidental. 60 years ago Kwame Nkrumah organized the first Pan-African Conference. It was 1958, at the dawn of independence. Apart from Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Ethiopia (never colonized), no other African country had yet acquired international sovereignty. But African political and trade union organizations had flocked to Accra to share the wills and decisions that were going to contribute to the beginnings of the great future liberations on the continent.

From December 8 to 13, in Accra, hundreds of Pan-Africanists, especially young activists from different African countries and the Diaspora, met in Accra, on the sidelines of the commemoration of the 1958 Pan-African Conference, to launch a initiative which has been maturing for three years, and which should lead to the establishment of the United States of Africa. The dream has lasted for 60 years, the Pan-African Federalist Movement (MFPA) would like to realize it "in the space of a generation".

The Accra meeting was an opportunity to rekindle the flame and send a strong message to all Africans, with the holding of a pre-congress, the outcome of which dedicated the establishment of an International Preparatory Committee called to work on the organization of a congress to commit to the United States of Africa.

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Call for the First Pan African Federalist Congress

Do you believe that the political unification of the African States is a matter of utmost urgency for Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora?
Do you agree with Kwamé Nkrumah when he stated; "It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity. Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world"?
Do you think that Cheikh Anta Diop was right when he said; “African unity, I feel will come from the base and develop as an undercurrent to the present political sterility and economic stagnancy rampant on our continent. 
A feeling of general insecurity, generated by the ineptitude of African regimes in dealing with the most crucial issues will result in the masses entering the picture sooner or later. 
As generalized insecurity spreads, no African regime will be able to prevent the masses from seeing that the ineptitude of their own government is linked to this general insecurity.  At that point, I feel the masses will find within their own ranks the type of political vanguards, made up of young, altruistic and politically motivated Africans to unleash a powerful continent-wide movement.
This political undercurrent would eventually be forced to sweep away the objective obstacles standing in the way of a continental African federation”?  
Are you sick and tired of watching Africans being helpless when faced with natural or man-made calamities?
Do you believe that being an African ought to be an asset and not a liability?
Do you believe in the need for a Strong African State that can demand for and expect to get the reparation of the wrongs that were done to Africans through slavery and colonialism?
If you found yourself answering yes to at least one of the questions above, please get the word out by asking people in your surroundings to visit  https://www.africanpublius.com  and start getting ready to participate in the First African Federalists Congress.
We look forward to building with you and the millions of African Federalists a strong Pan African Federalist Movement that will unite Africa within less than a generation!  You can get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please post a comment to participate in the pre-congress discussion.
All for the Success of the First Pan African Federalist Congress!
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