Using Colonialism to Stop it’s Own Problems: A Future for Africa
Since the 19th century when colonialism began to sweep throughout the African continent, European nations have been the scapegoats for Africa’s economic, political, and social issues. In Paul Johnson’s article, “Colonialism’s Back-and Not a Moment Too Soon”, we see that the present-day generation in Africa has grown to believe that colonialism is “inherently evil”, due to many historical realities. In Wangari Maathai’s The Challenge For Africa, our eyes are opened to the multitude of issues that Africa faces everyday, many of which stemmed from nineteenth century colonialism itself. But, the inhabitants of Africa have yet to recognize the severity and consequences of the problems they have. These issues did in fact root from colonialism but the expansion of these problems comes from the African people themselves. It is true that Africa has a multitude of social and economic problems but, there is a definite way to fix them and to stop them from growing.
Africans have been battling against colonialism since the nineteenth century. Samori Tuore fought against French expansion in the Western Sudan for years until he was eventually defeated. Lobengula was tricked into allowing the British into present day Zimbabwe, and they eventually took over his land. But, it wasn’t until The Berlin Conference in 1884 that truly sparked a turning point for African colonization. Countries like Great Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Germany began to expand their dominant reigns across the entire continent. However, instead of colonizing for the good of the people, they instead took over African land to solely benefit themselves and the European economy. Many European leaders took advantage of the rich land that Africa had to offer. Africa’s fertile soil was a feeding ground for European leaders who could easily produce raw materials and ship them back to their native country in order to make a hefty...
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