n Journal of African Union Studies - Amilcar Cabral and the development paradigms in Africa : revisiting the earlier strategies for the African Union

Volume 4 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2050-4292
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4306


From OAU to AU, the embattled vision of the African continent has always been that of generating development for the 'people'. The quest for self government presupposed the need for development. This was copiously captured in the popular aphorism of Kwame Nkrumah (one of the leading elites of the Organization for Africa Unity) that reads: "Seek ye first the political kingdom, and all other things will be added". The implication of the above statement is that once the African continent successfully wrestled political power from the colonialist, the continent would be on the path to development. Political freedom was conceived as a prerequisite for development. Many years have passed; meaningful development still remains a quest of the African continent. This paper comes across as a theoretical interrogation of some indigenous development frameworks proposed for the continent. Importantly, Amilcar Cabral endogenous proposal for development is examined with the view of providing a viable theoretical platform for pursuing meaningful and sustainable development for the continent.

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