PLAUSIBILITY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AFRICA 2
The plausibility of the United States of Africa
One of the most talked about topics is the idea of uniting African countries under a single
flag and constitution. Certainly, this has for long been a debatable proposition, which has
received mixed opinions. In general, unification is not a novel concept in history. Rather, it has
been used to form a majority of the powerful nations. For instance, the United States of America
was once a collection of thirteen different and distinct countries that united after gaining
independence from Britain. Unification has been deemed essential in making these nations
powerful, hence the idea of African nations joining under one flag and constitution. While the
unification of African countries can prove to be advantageous, it is implausible to create the
United States of Africa due to poor leadership and the occurrence of internal conflicts.
One of the challenges facing the unification of the African continent is bad leadership.
Most of the leaders within the region have opposed any steps of uniting African countries under
one government as they fear to lose their sovereignty and self-interest. Some of the Presidents of
the regions are very corrupt and therefore, the position of leadership is their opportunity to
accumulate wealth. For this reason, they would not want a United Africa, which would need to
be under one leader as they will be required to relinquish their positions. Furthermore, there have
been several instances where the African leaders have led efforts to amend the constitution to
ensure that they hold on to power. For instance, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Robert
Mugabe of Zimbabwe have held power for more than 30 years. Corruption cases and
unconstitutional acts have marred their regimes (Mentan, 2014). As a result, they have frustrated
any efforts to unite the African continent. Therefore, because of the bad leaders who are
currently managing the region, it is not plausible to create the United States of Africa, which
would unite all the African countries under one flag and constitution.