By M. Houngnikpo
Matt Houngnikpo examines how family clash, financial stagnation, political instability, poverty, and underdevelopment have plagued Africa for many years. He argues reversal of the political, fiscal, and social plight of Africa lies in greater guidelines, strong governance, and, extra importantly, a brand new kind of African chief and citizen.
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The diplomacy and the armies of European nations compelled African institutions to deal with Europe. However costly and perilous imperialism was, it had to continue, for without it Europe might face a difficult future. With such a new understanding of the role and importance of territories or colonies for 22 AFRICA’S ELUSIVE QUEST FOR DEVELOPMENT European economies, the race was on for more and more land. Economic imperialism rendered colonizing Africa a necessity. The conquest of the continent got a privileged place on the agendas of European nations.
He does not suffer from home-sickness to A SYNOPSIS OF AFRICA’S PLIGHT 23 the over-bearing extent that afflicts other peoples torn from their homes, and, provided he is well-fed, he is easily made happy. Above all, he can toil hard under the hot sun and in the unhealthy climates of the Torrid Zone. 15 Johnston’s views reflect the prevailing opinion of the era. Europeans believed that because they were physically and mentally superior to Africans they should conquer them to civilize the continent.
Economic imperialism rendered colonizing Africa a necessity. The conquest of the continent got a privileged place on the agendas of European nations. Old rivalries resurfaced, manifesting themselves in their desperate attempts to send colonial expeditions to the most remote areas of Africa to secure colonies. The competition became so intense that the Berlin Congress was convened to determine the cardinal principles of imperialism and to carve up the continent. Because colonialism involves the acquisition, often by force, of foreign territories, the maintenance of rule over a subordinate population, and the separation of the ruling group from the subject population, the relationship between the “mother country” and the colony is necessarily exploitive.
Africa's Elusive Quest for Development by M. Houngnikpo