|dc.description.abstract||Africa has consistently influenced the world community since the very origin of
humankind. Africans participated in the growth and development of knowledge, the arts,
and spirituality. The Pan-African movement was essentially anchored in this historical
legacy and the imperative necessity of the continent and its Diaspora to regain its dignity
after centuries ·of slavery followed by colonial rule.
The Pan -African movement, which was spearheaded mainly by the African Diaspora, was
based on three main pillars, namely
(i) Shared historical and cultural values
(ii) Collective self- reliance and self-sufficiency
(iii) Political freedom.
The interaction between the movement and African researchers and political leaders has
greatly influenced the struggle for independence in Africa, of which the search for unity
and collective action was part and parcel.
This study has shown that, in spite of the difficulties encountered in the process of
the search for unity and purpose of action by African countries over the years, the
continent is uniquely poised to achieve this objective through the Union
Government project. This is so because of the shared values and common interest of
African countries, as well as the holistic approach to its development challenges
since the LPA and the FAL to the Union Government project, through the Abuja
Treaty, the African Union and NEPAD.||