A strong pan-Africanist movement emerged in the continent during the the 1960s. Many African leaders advocated for the uniting of individual states hoping that together, the continent would overcome economic challenges and colonialism.
One such leader was the first president of Ghana and founder of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), Kwame Nkrumah. Briefly.co.za previously reported how Nkrumah argued that countries should be united and went out of his way to financially support newly liberated neighbours, Briefly.co.za discovered.
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Nkrumah also passionately fought the oppression of black communities in South Africa. On this day, 22 March in 1961, Nkrumah insisted that the world turn its backs on the apartheid government.
Nkrumah’s efforts went so far as to prevent South African aircrafts from flying over the rest of the continent.
The OAU was pivotal in these efforts and convinced the United Nations to ostracise South Africa from international bodies.
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