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WHODUNNIT?... SLAVERY, COLONIALISM? Should Africa lament and blame these for the perceived gaps or should Africa have risen above the effects of these at this point in history? Are there other peoples/nations that were once enslaved or colonized but are thriving today and what did they do? Is Africa 100% responsible for what it is now or should these twin evils be blamed for where the continent finds itself? What’s your take & what must be done? Let’s discuss! (🎁🎁 A FREE Gift via your KC account for the 3 best- most articulate, intelligent contributions from any perspective.) www.africaforafrica.org #Africa4Africa #A4aaYouth

WHODUNNIT?... SLAVERY, COLONIALISM? Should Africa
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Olaoye Oluwamayowa

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Thank God for a platform like Africa for Africa. It tells us that Africans are going beyond just talking, Africans are now working. In conclusion, the problems that plagued Africans in the colonial era are still the problems plaguing them today. 1. Unpatriotic Leaders and citizens 2. Greed 3. Mental Laziness 4. Pessimistic views There were a lot of countries plagued by these four ills until the leaders and people decided to take their stand. One of them is South Africa. Nelson Mandela's patriotism is part of the reasons why South Africa is where it is today. I believe or rather I know this is the chosen generation we are going to make Africa great again. In the words of our ex president President Olusegun Obasanjo. 'We are in a time when we need to go far fast. So let's do what we can all do as one man and let's do what we can all do together as a people.

Olaoye Oluwamayowa

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For things to change Africa needs to develop the 'do it yourself mentality' We need to stop training more job seekers and more job creators. We need to update the outdated curriculums in our schools. Create new courses where students are thought critical thinking. and practical knowledge of the word of God in their daily lives (Faith Principles) and how to put them to work . 4.Pessimistic views. Africans use their mouths to make things worse than they really are. Growing up, I remember always hearing that Nigeria is not good. This was a time where they were giving free meals to students in universities, we were still spending coins, five Naira had value and fifty Naira bread was sufficient. In Africa today, you're considered as childish If you're an optimist, they look at you like you haven't seen enough life. Then the pessimists are the grown ups. I guess this is one of the reasons Jesus Christ asked us all to become as one of the little children. I think it's high time we stopped talking about the problem and started talking about solutions and Acting on them.

Olaoye Oluwamayowa

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When you look at the modern ways by which Africans are being enslaved and colonized today you'll realise why it was possible in the past. 1.Africans are patriots at mouth and not at heart. The anticipation for the last Nigerian presidential elections greatly trended! A lot o people spoke their piece on different social media and media platforms but out of 5million registered Nigerians, only 1 million came out to vote. I'm very sure in the colonial era, there were Africans who spoke a lot but never came out to do anything when the time came. Africa has strength in numbers but they never capitalise on it. 2.There are Africans that benefit from the problems of other Africans. Using Nigeria as a case study, In a country where there is supposedly "right to electricity" there is no constant electricity. How can there be constant electricity when a very high percentage of generators are supplied by *you know who* Looking at this, I don't have to be a mathematician to know that there were Africans benefiting off Colonialism and slavery. It's not rocket science. The British colonialists used the system of indirect rule in Some of their colonies. Meaning they only ruled through the influence of the African leaders and their existing structures. I'm sure they were properly compensated for that. Recently there was crisis in lybia, a very large population of Africans were sold into slavery by other Africans. Thus the trend of Africans selling other Africans continues. 3.Lastly Africans are physically strong and mentally lazy. A very large percentage of companies in Nigeria are owned by foreigners. Because instead of thinking of how to solve their own problems internally, they prefer to outsource foreign companies. Africans end up doing manual labour for these projects. Most of the things consumed in Nigeria are not from Nigeria. Africans are fruit collectors and not seed collectors. Israel was once faced with this economic crisis, their solution was to close down their borders and to do it themselves.

Olaoye Oluwamayowa

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This brings us to the principle of greater truths and lesser truths. The motion that slavery and colonialism should be blamed for where Africa is today is the truth but it's a lesser truth. The motion that they should have moved on is the greater truth. A famous American rapper kanye west made a very controversial statement on that made him infamous amongst the black race. He said 'to him, 400 years of slavery sounds like a choice'. The black community directed hate comments towards him as a result of this and many unfollowed him on different social media platforms. But if you ask me my opinion, I'll say it's true! 400 years of anything must have been a choice! Human beings are designed to be able to come out of any situation if they truly desire it and creatively and consistently work towards it. So it really gets me thinking how come this same human beings were enslaved for 400 years! The Bible says there is nothing new under the Sun.

Ernest Mudungwe

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Africa should not lament and blame colonialism and it mustn't be blamed for the gaps because it was taken advantage of by the technologically advanced European nations. There was little poor Africa could during that time. Africa cant take 100% responsible ofr its state now but its now time for Africa to rise because of our vast natural resources and minerals. There are a number of nations who are thriving for example South Africa and Tanzania.

Agada Owiocho Echi

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Mind you the Europeans did not invent slavery, neither did they introduced it to Africa.. African leader already have a market and the Arabs were also customers

Agada Owiocho Echi

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Why was colonialism possible? Ethiopia resisted colonialism why were other African countries unable? We make mention of the Benin kingdom as a well developed, why was it conquered and colonised? In as much as we may look away from the very obvious answers to this simple question, we know that, these kingdoms we claim are developed were not, if they were, then they would like the Ethiopian nations resist colonialism. Development is not to be defined as the creativity in arts or craft because most folks use that as the yard stick to measure development in Africa, eg: the Benin kingdom art. Development can be defined majorly as a state's capacity to defend her territory internally and externally (military), utilize the resources within it's confines and translate them into economy enhancers (finances) and improve the lives of people within it territories (Welfarism). No African country met any of these criteria. Imagine the paradox of this, a continent filled with so much resources, don't even know the value of what they have, not to speak of utilizing it. Colonialism and Slave trade gave Africa the right kind of exposure and motivation which produced the awakens and agitations that led to the independence and the developments we see in most African countries. Colonialism and Slave trade saved Africa from decades of slavery to ignorance and religion.

Pastor Obinna Echieh

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There was already Africa before the Europeans arrived in the 15th century, Slave trade radically impared Africa's potentials(human resources and commodities), on the other hand, Nations like Isreal that emerged from enslavement and are amongs today's world power and America that stood out with a booming economy after world war ii has shown that Africa shouldn't blame slave trade nor colonialism... (part 1)

Ngonidzashe

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Colonization is the process of taking control over one domain or territory. Africa has suffered immensely from the beast of colonization which opened up vains of exploitation on Africas vast resources. Colonization affected the self belief on the African child which resulted into the manipulation of the African mind. It should be noted that when you are in control of the mans thought you will control him forever. Even today colonization exists because there is still over dependency on the westerners by Africa.

Pastor Busayo

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These two ancient challenge no doubt has had it great influence and trend in the Africa continent today. Surely the negative influence is mostly brood upon and we won't deny that it has affected the continent in a very bad way but its high time yet some folks are still involve in this act even in our modern world. But its high time we start getting things right and set thing place and in order by disengaging in this act and have an independent mind-set but that's goes a long way not just in giving the continent freedom.

Pastor Busayo

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Wow! what a move for us...a great and powerful generation for a great independence and not just freedom. Glory! Africa for Africa we are right on top.

Agada Owiocho Echi

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Colonialism helped Develop Africa, gave Africans an ideology, an identity, Helped organize Africa(defining the territories,this happened in 1884 during the Berlin conference hosted by the German vice- chancellor Otto von Bismark )The only existing state was Ethiopia (and that's why they were not colonialised). Although the 1884 Berlin Conference only help to organise the activities of the colonialists in Africa, we cannot deny the fact that the activities of these Colonialists help structure Africa, eliminate ritual kills(at least Slave trade is better) introduced formal education and much more. Nothing is free, it may appear to be free but someone PAID for it, you don't expect the colonialist to educate and develop Africa for nothing! The challenges Africa is confronted with today is self inflicted... Many African countries were much much better in terms of administration during colonialism than they are now e.g Nigeria, it will interest you to note that the crude oil wasn't discovered during colonialism but after, this oil wealth that was supposed to enrich the Nigerian economic, crippled the agricultural sector and every other wealth generating sector including itself, all because of mismanagement, corruption and selfishness of the African (Nigerian) government. Time Will not permit me to speak of other African leaders. Like I stated earlier, Leadership has always been the greatest challenge confronting Africa.... That's about to Change now. #A4A

Agada Owiocho Echi

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We can not deny the fact that slave 'trade' (I believe we know trade is only possible when the two parties agree) was possible because of the high level of corruption and extreme human treatments of the African people by the African government (we are all familiar with the infamous ritual kills going on in Africa that the Colonialist ended. African leaders should be blamed for slave trade not the colonialists.

Pastor Metash

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And furthermore Colonialism doesn't under close inspection seem to have left African states, but has rather matured and morphed into a more sophisticated form of rule.. South Africa is just a controlled and legalised colony cloaked in democracy and makes for a bad example. Eithopia and Italy remains a bitter debate as to whether it was ever a colony the former over the latter. Assuming it was never a colony of Italy, there isn't too much to show apart from the booming Ethiopian Airline with the impressive Booeing Aircrafts. Liberia which was also not colonised is not a country that other Africans even know exists save to say the name. The issue therefore was never Colonialism, but Africa's collective state of mind and form at the time.. it was just too easy to Scramble for us and to continue looting us to the present day. If China made it big after being commandeered twice, what is Africa's excuse? I submit that Africa should project its voice and sharpen its sting and not to blame the conquest of other nations for its own tardiness in development. Issue No. 3 If China is now where it is a world super power, what has hindered Africa. It's what the lawyers call di minimis(minor, minimal things). As Africa we should adopt the maxim "Di minimis non curat Africa" meaning Africa doesn't not concern itself with minor issues/minimal things".. E,g Ethinicity, religion(noting that Christianity is not religion), nationalism, money/currency etc. I am a cirltizen of Botswana, and I grapple with understating why we allow Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia and Malawi be regarded and constituted as separate nations yet comprising of the same people in 'ethnical' terms. This is one of the reasons Africa was so easy to colonise, it's shouldnt have been so easy to appropriate Africa and it's sad that we are discussing whether colonialism is to blame when the evil is still resident and has matured and improved into a more stealthy form.. The moment Africa will stop accepting affirmative action and stop the battered woman syndrome and take on the offensive, the fears that the former colonisers and the West have had for years in history would finally materialise. It's really time that USAfrica manifested and by the time we sanction the UK in terms of Imports, China in terms of exports and America in terms of diplomatic relations, then the World would understand who is who.. Racism and Slavery are no problem quintessentially, its rather the refusal to understand that they are King that has kept Africa where they are at. "They know not neither are they willing to understand, but they are truly the Landlords." Thank you.

Pastor Metash

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Three main issue arise from this subject matter and questions posed therein. 1. Whether Africa should blame slavery for its current state and estate. 2. Whether Africa should blame Colonialism for its current state and estate. 3. Whether Africa should by now have prevailed over the effects of Slavery and Colonialism and be doing better than it currently is. Issue No. 1 - Slavery Slavery is one of the oldest evils in the history of the world. With incidents recorded as far back as the Mesopotamian civilisation, the era of the Persian empire, Greek empire, the rising of European nations, the great slavery of Africa by America to more contemporary forms of modern day imperialism. One classical example as a general principle would be that of Israel, a nation that has been countless times taken into slavery by the superpowers of old most famously The Egyptian empire and Babylon. This notwithstanding Israel today remains a country of immense standing, influence and contribution to world, economics, technology and politics. Whereas in the case of Africa, factually a small population comparative to the entire population were taken into slavery to America, mostly comprising of western African nations. Earlier attacks of slavery during the Persian era hit hard on East Africa especially Ethiopia.. Yet today Eithopia is host to the fastest growing Airline in Africa. Applying the principles culled from the above cases chief of which is the worst case scenario of Israel, one can not willy nilly conclude that Slavery should be held accountable for the state and Estate of Africa today. What about all the nations comprising the majority thereof where slaves were never taken. The success of Jews all across the world would testify bitterly against such a position. I submit that, slavery definitely has had a bearing on the development of the state of affairs in Africa but it would be a weakling disposition and frivolous for Africa to excuse it's state and estate on slavery. Issue No. 2 Colonialism Colonialism is a far reaching phenomenon that has had a grip on almost the entire world, and most nations herein. This notwithstanding it's almost impossible to have a full discourse on colonialism without a huge inclination to Africa as a reference. This conjures much interest to me. Immediately preceeding the mass colonising of Africa, continental European nations at the behest of Portugal held the infamous Berlin Conference (aka Congo/West Africa Conference) where these nations would discuss the "control" of Africa. This came to be commonly called the "Scramble for Africa". This is a most disconcerting term or expression because it suggests that the European nations hardly considered Africa a threat, or obstacle to reckon with, they were not planning war against Africa, they were already deciding on how to divide the spoil. Without even a war. This should hint to us a lot as Africans. However, as unpalatable as it may sound to Africans, Colonialism is not peculiar to Africa. And for these purposes the locus classicus is the Republic of China, because it's the successful nation that has become a success without an internal influence of the former colonisers viz Britain and Germany. South Africa is an African nation that's doing well in its development, however there is still considerable influence and domination by the European settlers and colonisers. Brazil is also a former colony that has raised from the ashes to glory but the Portuguese to date have a strong imperialistic presence in the South American nation. China however despite having being colonised not once but twice by both Germany and Britain, is to date the most fiercely growing nation on the world economical stage. This notwithstanding that both the UK and Germany have lost a grip on the political, socio-economic and cultural reins in China.. China should therefore make it difficult for any former colony including African nations from decrying Colonialism as the perpetrators of their misfortunes.

Chidi Owanta-Emenike

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In my opinion, Africa is fully to be blamed for where she finds herself now. Yes, SLAVERY and COLONIALISM are horrible parts of our past, but she shouldn't blame these evils for her present state. An individual, country or continent(as is the case here) is not responsible for how it began, but it has full responsibility of how it will end up. I believe that Africa has been adequately equipped with all she needs for her development and growth. I will suggest that, Africa, especially the youths amongst us(who the future leaders) should take the furtherance of the Gospel very seriously because it is GOD'S power unto salvation. Secondly, I would like to encourage the youth of Africa to take education very seriously, because with education they can accurately know how to solve Africa's biggest challenges. Thank you.

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Joseph

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I will totally blame the slavery and colonialism of the past as the reason why more than 90% of the African countries are still developing and have not actually achieved the criteria of a developed nation. First the African is embedded with the eurocentric ideology that put us in this dilemma we find ourselves today, countries like China, America, England developed on their own axis using the resources at their disposal to develop there country but the African nations citing Nigeria as an example the former Benin empire from historical facts was growing on its own axis until the Portuguese and the British came to distort their development with their colonialism and slavery plot. The issue of dependency can not be overemphasised the Africans depend a lot on this countries rather than putting things in order in their own countries, imagine a country that claim to be the giant of Africa the president still goes for medical check up in Europe, Africa is not really the problem with Africa but the value system has been damaged even before we were born. The values of the average African that is supposed to be embedded in their culture is not so, we seek to embrace the foreign culture because of what we perceive on a daily basis and globalization has ensured that the development of the Africans are stagnant from more dependency on the foreign culture. The solution for Africa is for them to develop themselves on there own without the interference of the foreign culture coming to input its values and ideology Into the system, like China did theirs from scratch we can also it all begins with just a step.

oriakhi rebekah

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It is true that Africa was affected by both slavery and corruption but it is high time we Nigerians open our eyes and realize that the effect of these twin problems should worn off with time, good governance, patrioti-citizens etc.. As a matter of fact after independence Nigeria was predicted to be one of the country to attain full civilization and technological advancements and development ahead of China and other former colonies. The unscrupulous act of African politicians has also hindered the progress of African countries.colonialism or slavery never had anything to do with our present state now in Africa, but the question is what can we do has an individual, what can we contribute to Africa as a whole.... The answer is that we need to change our mindset and think outside the box, we have a voice, we can make a change and stop blaming colonialism or slavery..... Thanks

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