This is a defining moment for Africa which is experiencing a reawakening from North to South and East to West. There is a people power movement against constitutional change and police brutality as well as the intensification of the fight for economic justice, for comprehensive sovereignty of the continent.
Within this context, the year 2020 is a culminating revolutionary moment not only for Africa but also for the world thanks to the universalization of the Black Lives Matter, the destruction of symbols, artifacts, and reminders of oppression, and the crumbling of the neo-liberal world view whose inefficiencies and deficiencies have been exposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The re-wakening is being characterized by the resurgence of Pan-Africanism, internationalism, and alternative frameworks and world views. Seizing the moment, groups of Pan-Africanists, justice lovers, and freedom seekers who have been working for years to advance Pan-Africanism and internationalism decided to create a new organization, the Convention for Pan-Africanism and Progress (CPP). This organization seeks to build a universal alliance in the 21st century committed to the creation of the United States of Africa on the grounds of an African value system called Ubuntu whose tenets are unity, sharing, compassion, solidarity, love, peace, and togetherness.
The Convention for Pan-Africanism and Progress builds on the tradition of a historic political movement with which it shares the same acronym (CPP), Convention of People’s Party. The historic CPP, created by Kwame Nkrumah, contributed to the struggle for the independence of Ghana, to the total liberation of Africa, and the expansion of Pan-Africanism. The Convention for Pan-Africanism and Progress claims the spirit of the historical CPP, adapts it to the current realities, exigencies, and urgencies of the 21st century.
The organization vows to galvanize transformational solutions to the multiple battles the continent of Africa is engaged in, namely the battle for the soul of Africa, the battle of identity, and the battle of ideas. In promoting a vision of inventiveness, innovation, shared prosperity, and progress, the CPP strives for the advent of a cultural revolution that would create a new African personality, agent, and actor of his or her own economic, political, and cultural liberation based on Ubuntu.
The Convention for Pan-Africanism and Progress is therefore engaging individuals, families, communities, and neighborhoods, as it is helping create self-developed, self-help, self-sufficient, and self-reliant communities, a network of interconnected agencies called the Ubuntu Development Communities that will be cornerstones of the Grand African Historical Reconstruction and the building blocks of the United States of Africa.
The launching ceremony is the culmination of efforts, dedication, and passion of volunteers and members from across the continent and elsewhere in the world who have worked tirelessly to put together this timely, opportune, and needed organization.
Convention for Pan-Africanism and Progress