Attorney, Egypt, Casa Blanca discussed on BBC World Service


It's may nine hundred 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 to decide if they're nations should now become united if we fade i let this historic opportunity slip by the people the masses of the people of africa would never forgive us there was a passion for africa liberation and african unity because we felt that unless africa confronted the world with the united voice the exploitation would continue the division with continuing so that that's the starting point doc to barricade have to selassie was ethiopia's rather young attorney general supporter 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 kwame nkrumah the first black african leader to win independence secretary from guinea julius naree from tanganyika ben bella fresh from algeria's war of independence against france it's difficult to describe the excitement of people that have never seen anything like it before these african leaders grandma and what sort of colorless shirt became known as the nearest shirt apparently in cooma was advised to put on a bulletproof plate because i could see stiffness in the way he moved it's obvious there have been some attempts on his life but the the most dramatic scene told was actually when nasa emerged airplane very charismatic tall handsome man smiling the entire airport exploded i could feel the ground shaking underneath my feet and they shouted nassar nassar nassar lhasa apparently country folks come from jim from her 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 they were a device there was the french francophone anglophone divide the franck africans under the influence of french policies then of course the the ideological divide africa was divided into two groups the monrovia group which are the majority in nigeria were the most important and liberia and then the smaller but more dynamic group called the casa blanca group in secretary ben bella and nasser of egypt leftleaning socialistic so africa had actually become an ideological battleground between the east and the west is the height.

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