PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (OAU) TILL 2002

PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (OAU) TILL 2002
  • Inability by member states to meet their annual subscription and the problem of defaulters.
  • Lack of military high command.
  • Ideological differences among African members of states.




  • Countries supported rebel activities in each other’s country.
  • Most countries remained very poor and liable to neo-colonialism.
  • OAU was faced with a problem of language barrier.
  • OAU was faced with a problem of prolonged European domination in Africa which drained most of its resources especially South Africa, Namibia and the Portuguese colonies of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea Bissau.
  • The colonial legacy was another problem where Africans remained loyal to their former colonial masters; there were sharp differences between the Anglo-phone and Franco-phone.
  • The problem of coup detas.
  • Divisions influenced by cold war politics.
  • Economic rivalry between African countries.
  • Greed for political power.




  • Boarder conflicts for example Amin wanted to extend the Ugandan boarder.
  • Corruption and embezzlement.
  • Poor infrastructure like roads.
  • Assassinations of African leaders who had it at heart.

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