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It's may nineteen sixty three a first wave of decolonization has swept through africa and in the ethiopian capital addis ababa the continent's leaders gather in one place for the first time they're meeting decide if they're nations should now become united if we fade i let this historic opportunity slip by the people the magic of the people of africa will never forgive us there was a passion for african liberation and african unity because we felt that unless africa confronted the world with the united voice the expectation would continue that division would continue so that that was the starting point barricade have to selassie was ethiopia's rather young attorney general a supporter of panafricanism since the nineteen fifties he worked on the draft charter for the summit among those arriving to attend where leaders synonymous with the struggle against colonialism the likes of the ghanaian president kwami in krumer the first black african leader to win independence secretary from guinea julius nyerere from tanganyika ben bella fresh from algeria's war of independence against france describe the excitement of people have never seen anything like it before we know these african leaders in chroma what we are in a subtle collarless shirt became known as the nearest shirt apparently in cooma was advised to on bulletproof plate because stiffness in no way he moved it's obvious attempt on his life but the most dramatic scene of it all was actually when nasa emerged to airplane very charismatic tall handsome man smiling the entire airport exploded i could feel the ground shaking underneath my feet and they shouted nasa nasa nasa nasa apparently county folks come from jim from from from everywhere because he was a hero but when it came down to business leaders was split getting them all together had been an achievement in itself there were a device there was the french francophone anglophone divide the francophone africans under the influence of french policies then of course there was the ideological divide africa was divided into two groups the monrovia group which are the majority pr and nigeria were the most important and liberia and then the smaller but more dynamic group called the casablanca group in crevasses bella and nasser of egypt left leaning socialistic so africa had actually become an ideological battleground between the east and the west was the height of the cold war but everyone felt the urgency of africans talking to themselves and facing the.

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