COLONIAL LEGACY AND THE REFRACTED STATE: AFRICA IN MOTIONLESS MOTION

Donald Akinmade

Abstract


The concern of this paper shall be to explore with modicum of profundity the “tragic” experience of slavery and colonization in Africa as a continent and the attendant challenges of subjugation-psychological, social, economic and political conquest by the colonizers. The poignant level of development in most of the African states has been a subject of intense scholarly concern as the debate has led to externalists and internalists schools of thoughts (Ayittey, 2005) on the cause(s) of Africa’s supine position which Joseph Conrad derogatorily referred in his book Heart of Darkness published in 1899.

The history of African continent has been that of pristine aesthetics, cultural independence, composite values and communalistic disposition. Regrettably, the compelling impact of colonization has refracted the states of Africa and the effect has been monumental as the African states have not recovered from the overwhelming impact of colonization even after independence.

Keywords


Slavery; Colonisation; Africa; Governance

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18533/journal.v3i9.557

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