As African countries fought to gain and maintain independence from colonial rule, during the 1950’sand 1960’s, it became apparent that there was a need for a stronger, more unified entity that could represent their interest in the political arena. They needed a body that could combine the efforts toward self- rule of the small governments while maintaining each country’s sovereignty. Most importantly though, these African nations sought an organization that can raise
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colonialism from Africa, whether it be indirect or indirect rule. Lastly they sought to promote worldwide cooperation in maintaining due regard to the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In conclusion, the Organization for African Unity stands as the foundation for Africa’s present political structure. It was an invaluable asset in the formation of a better Africa, as its effects continue to be seen in African progress today.