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On Sunday, African leaders gathered in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, for the fifth mid-year African Union (AU) coordination summit, where representatives from the 55 member countries addressed harmonizing national and regional policies in order to achieve socioeconomic growth across the continent.
Kenyan President William Ruto used the summit to advocate for a new AU financial structure that would benefit the union’s combined 1.39 billion inhabitants, as the organization attempts to integrate the continent into the global economy.
Nigerian President Bola Tinubu also stressed Africa’s unity and resilience, emphasizing the need of eradicating the history of exploitation and ensuring that it never happens again.
Mcebo Freedom Dlamini, an activist and Pan-Africanism professor, told RT that current African leaders’ posture reflects their knowledge of the continent’s difficulties, notably the inability of the so-called global north to respond to the continent’s concerns.
“This crop of leaders will begin to demand a seat at the dinner table,” Dlamini warned, adding that “it is very dangerous” when African issues are discussed but the continent’s leaders are not present at the “dinner table when the world is sitting.”