OAU: Unresolved Berlin Conference.

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OAU: Unsolved Berlin Conference issues.

Originally, Berlin Conference of 1884/85 was actually called Congo Conference by the Germans, or West African Conference by the British.

It became Berlin Conference because it was organized by the first German Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck and held in Berlin, but throughout the conference which had no input from Africans, their Kings or representatives, it was not referred to as Berlin Conference.

Unfortunately, the European leaders of the time selfishly divided Africa or created a map of countries convinient for their economic needs without considerations for the culture and tradition of the people in Africa.

Africa was not only too weak to ask questions, it had no functional leaders or kingdoms to think otherwise after centuries of slavery, no reparation was discussed, Africans just woke up found themselves in countries they have no ideas, the conference itself was technically organized on how Africa and her heritage would be looted without wars from Europe.

Otto Von Bismarck and his group never used the same yardstick in Europe which created smaller countries and respect for their cultures and religions, at the conference in 1884/85.

The outcome of the conference led to the abusive of African tribes, her feelings were not even considered, tribes with settled social distance found themselves together and settled war files were reopened.

In May 1963, in Addis Ababa, OAU was created by a group led bt Emperor Haille Salasi of Ethiopia, Nkrumah of Ghana, Sekou Toure and Tafawa Balewa of Nigeria, because most of them benefited from the oppression of other tribes in their domains, OAU of their dreams never addressed the shortcomings of the so-called Berlin Conference, since 1963 wars and inequalities became the problems of Africa, and non of their leaders or assemblies ever addressed the problems of the continent.

Each country tried to sweep it under the carpet, even when poverty and lack of development is apparent for the world to see.

To be continued.

Zents Sowunmi is the author of “The Vultures and the Vulnerable”

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