Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Modibo Keïta and the vision of a united Africa


Modibo Keïta is a pan-African; a founding father of the Mali Nation and the first President of the independent Mali.

He ruled Mali from 1960 to 1968 endeavouring to harbour and nurse the pan-African Movement that was designed at first; to unite the West African countries and then to unite the African Continent as a whole.

First Modibo Keïta and Leopold Senghor of Senegal created the Mali Federation that was a union between French Sudan (present day Mali) and Senegal on the 4th April 1959. After the collapsed of the Mali Federation on the 22nd September 1960, Keïta’s desire for unity of the West African States did not wane; again Modibo Keïta together with Sékou Touré of Guinea, and Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, formed the Union of the States of Western Africa which was also unsuccessiful.

Modibo Keïta also played an important role in drafting the Charter for the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and became the Founding Member of the OAU in 1963. Modibo Keïta’s energies and exertions that he put into