Haiti will officially become a member of the African Union at the next summit of the regional organization in June. According to this famous journalist from Benin, it was high time that African states make a strong gesture towards the first black republic.
The news is almost unnoticed. Until then simple “observer”, Haiti, the first black republic in history, became, in early February in Addis Ababa, “full member partner” of the African Union.
This decision, the first of its kind for a diaspora country, will be formalized at the next AU summit in June-July in Lilongwe, capital of Malawi. Probably in the presence of former President of Haiti Michel Martelly, which was announced this year, the first African trip.
It is in the order of things. All those who, like me, have lived in this beautiful country are not surprised. For over two centuries, after all, the most “African” of the States of South America and the Caribbean is Haiti. Like many African countries, Haiti is recurrently plagued by instability and violence, while Its population languished in nameless misery.