UNITED States Of AFRICA: A Blueprint
The United States of Africa is a proposed concept for a federation of some or all of the 55 sovereign states on the African continent. The concept takes its origin from Marcus Garvey’s 1924 poem, Hail, United States of Africa. The concept then became synonymous with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi as he worked tirelessly to see it come to life. What he envisioned for Africa as a federation is blueprinted in how he transformed the desert of Libya into a wealthy and food rich country that put the colonial powers in so much envy that they plotted to destroy it too like the many other great African nations that came before it.
- There is no electricity bill in Libya, electricity is free for all its citizens.
- There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens are at a 0% interest by law.
- Home is considered a human right in Libya. Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home.
- All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinars (US$50,000) from the government to buy their first apartment.
- Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi, only 25% of Libyans were literates. Today, the figure stands at 83%.
- Libyans taking up farming as a career, they received farm land, a farming house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kick- start their farms – all for free.
- If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they needed in Libya, the government funded them to go abroad for it.
- In Gaddafi’s Libya, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
- The price of petrol in Libya is $0. 14 per litre.
- Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.
- If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation, the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
- A portion of Libyan oil sale is credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
- A mother who gave birth to a child under Gaddafi received US $5,000 as child benefit upfront.
- 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15 Cents.
- 25% of Libyans have a university degree.
- Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River Project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.
One Mahommed, a 31-year-old Libyan spoke words that largely resonated with the general feeling in his country. He said, “I joined the revolution in the first days and fought against Gaddafi. Before 2011, I hated Gaddafi more than anyone. But now, life is much, much harder, and I have become his biggest fan.” The country has seen a five-fold increase in the cost of food, unpaid salaries for months, the rise of Islamic State terror and worsening electricity blackouts.
– African Exponent.
Former Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, who was the 2009 Chairperson of the African Union (AU), advanced the idea of a United States of Africa at two regional African summits: first in June 2007 in Conakry, Guinea, and again in February 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Gaddafi had previously pushed for its creation at a 2000 summit in Lomé, Togo, having described the AU as a failure on a number of occasions; Gaddafi asserted that only a true pan-African state can provide stability and wealth to Africa. The colonel is dead now but it is quite clear that in his absence that Africans realizing the dream of a united Africa is the only solace for the blacknation; he could only manage a blueprint of how to improve the living conditions of his fellow countrymen that he left behind.