One of the impacts of COVID-19 has been a resurgence of nationalist sentiment. That is, countries need to take care of themselves. They need to close borders and restrict travel to protect their citizens. They need to move certain jobs, “back home” to guard against disruption in international supply chains. They need to make stimulus packages to cater for the vulnerable in their populations.
This is true from China, to South Korea, to the United States of America, to Brazil, to Nigeria, to South Africa to Botswana. A nationalist response is the global trend.
International organizations have been taking a credibility battering including the European Union, the World Health Organization, the African Union, Southern African Development Community and the International Monetary Fund
Its in this context that the initial idea of Pan Africanism : a United States of Africa seems as distant as it has ever been. A concept of “one Africa” almost working as a single country. Shared political ambitions, shared development plans, shared culture, shared currency. Etc
That, probably, won’t ever happen.
So, in reassessing the concept of Pan Africanism : what is the ideal? What are the principles? How does this translate to ideas, strategies and policies for individuals, companies, governments and continental bodies?
In short, in 2020, what does Pan Africanism mean to you?