When I heard about the idea being discussed in the AU summit of creating a United States of Africa I thought it was just another laughable idea from Gaddafi. But then I found out that it was the only item on the agenda! Believe or not, African leaders will spend full three days debating it. To make matters worse, all of the leaders attending the summit agree principally on the idea, they just differ on when to announce it, now or later. Africa is diverse and each region and country has a different set of problems and orientations. There has been many attempts to establish regional groupings like IGAD or the Arab Maghreb Union and all has failed miserably. So I think instead of actually doing something about Africa's problems through reforming and enhancing the already existing AU, African leaders find it easier to embark on "grand scale" visions and ideas that won't benefit anyone. Gaddaif's advocacy for this idea only shows how ridiculous it's. A dictator who wasn't accepted among Arab dictators and now is trying to show Africans what a great leader he's. Have you heard of Libyan opposition? democracy? elections? free press? of course not, because they don't exist. Is this the man Africa should be taking ideas from?
If Africa comes together through a process of gradual improvement and solving existing problems that would be great. But if these "grand ideas" are debated simply so leaders could scape from actually doing something about the problems Africa then I think Africans are the only losers here.