Perhaps the glue that most strongly connects north Africa to the rest of the continent is colonial history. In , Algiers hosted the Pan-African culture festival. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Could it be that to be African is to be black? The British used soldiers from Egypt, as well as many from the other former colonies including Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. These Africans fought side by side in the second world war and the traces of this are still present in the collective memory of these countries. This is as much about sources of influence and power after independence, countries like Egypt and Algeria looked to the Middle East for a model of an Islamic nation, or north to Europe for economic partnerships as it is about the racism that exists here as it does everywhere else in the world.
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