African Diaspora

African Diaspora

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The Executive Council of the African Union has defined the African Diaspora as “peoples of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union”.

The strategic importance of the African Diaspora to Africa is a product of four factors that shaped contemporary Africa: the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, colonial rule, the anti-colonial struggle, and Pan-Africanism.

The Pan-African project evolved in the context of the anti-colonial struggles, and came to entail four elements: a sense among Africans on the continent and those in the Diaspora of themselves as “one” people because of common historical experience and destiny; the quest for the “regeneration”, “awakening” or “renaissance” of Africa on the social, cultural and economic fronts as well as in global affairs; the “dream’ of an Africa united in social, cultural, economic and political spheres; and the spirit of solidarity among people of African descent.

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