The Pan-African contradictions of Muammar Gaddafi

In September 1969, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi took power in Libya in a bloodless coup. Despite leading a controversial administration and charges of being a tyrant, Gaddafi’s vision of a United Africa led to the formation of the African Union (AU) in 2002.

In this online essay, Ogechukwu Samuel Okonkwo, a researcher, unpacks Gaddafi’s pan-African vision. According to Okonkwo:

‘Despite charges that he was a tyrant, Gaddafi’s goal of a unified Africa led to the formation of the African Union in 2002. In several African political circles, he was immortalized as a result of this feat. Gaddafi may have wanted to be the first president of an envisioned Unified States of Africa, but his fundamental desire was to see Africa united.

Gaddafi repeated his views on the prospect of a unified Africa during a 2010 AU summit in Kampala, Uganda. He confirmed: “I am satisfied that Africa is going along its historic and right road…one day it will become similar to the United States of America.”

Source – Republic Journal

 

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