Lavinia Mahlangu

Timelines and the method for Africa’s integration are to be set out according to the Accra Declaration, adopted late on Tuesday night by the 9th Ordinary Session of the African Union Heads of Summit.

“We emerged from the Grand Debate with a common vision,” AU Chair John Kuofor and President of Ghana said on Tuesday, minutes before midnight.

As African Union ambassadors on Tuesday conclude the first of three high level meetings on Africa's proposed integration, ordinary Ghanaians are actively involved in discussions on the matter. Over 60 years ago, late Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah rallied his fellow African leaders, then members of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), to dissolve the artificial and in some cases, arbitrary borders demarcated by European colonial powers in 1884.