The First African Passport Has Been Launched But People Have Mixed Reactions

July 19, 2016

Finally, we can all now get a red passport!

For the record, it’s a pan-African passport which was launched on July 17 during the 27th African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

However, the first recipients of this passport were Idriss Deby, who is the Chairperson of the African Union and President of Chad, and Rwandan President, Paul Kagame.

The passport was launched in an effort to promote opening of borders and more efficient trans-African relations.

According to officials of the AU, the passport will be available in 5 languages including French, English and Swahili and will also have high security features.

By 2018, the passport will be available to citizens of the 54 member-countries of the African Union except Morocco, which left the Union in 1984.

Some Africans couldn’t be more thrilled at this development.

And can’t wait to start travelling across Africa.

Some others believe this passport only confirms a certain stereotype – although this is highly illogical.

Africa certainly has more things to worry about than a general passport.

The passport should be made readily available for citizens.

There are no details about the registration process for this passport. However, we hope it makes travelling across Africa more convenient.

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