The European colonies have played an important role in moulding the African social, economic and cultural existence. Imperialism is considered as the source of colonization and post colonialism in the history of the African nations. Imperialism emerges out as a strong hold in most the colonized nations before Europeans has come to the colonized countries. Imperialism, Colonialism and Post colonialism are the most frequently used terminology of the last centuries. The task of the writers is to present the realistic approach of the ruler and exploitation of the native black African
Things Fall Apart Whether British Imperialism in Africa was good or bad is still a hot topic today, despite the fact that it happened a century ago. Imperialism is when the Europeans invaded Africa and colonized it and forced their culture onto the natives. Even though there were definitely some positive effects for Africans, the effects of imperialism in Africa were mostly negative; borders weren't placed well, native Africans were made as slaves, and religion was forced upon them. Some positive results are the following: Europeans brought new crops, some political stability, education/ literacy, and better medical care including hospitals and medicines. These were indeed beneficial to the African people, but the long term negative consequences outnumber the long term positive greatly.
Once the British realized the detrimental effects of the slave trade a ubiquitous effort began on the behalf Africa. The three main directions that these efforts took were the establishment of colonies of freed slaves, the faltering of the slave trade, and finally the missionary endeavors in Africa. Booth states that all three of these resulted in the large participation of blacks in establishing Christianity in west Africa. One of the main arguments used to support the colonization was that Africans can best evangelize Africa. This claim was supported by the European’s difficulty in surviving from malaria, resulted in a place for blacks in the early days of missionaries in Africa.
“But apart from the church, the white men had also brought a government.” This is a quote from the text “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe thats shows the first months of European colonization of Africa. Colonization is a process by which a central system of power dominates the surrounding land and its components. This is what occurred when the Europeans invaded Africa and took control of the African people and implemented different government systems and religions. Overall colonization occurred because European powers wanted to gain more economic power which caused the people of Africa to be stripped of their freedom and forced to adopt a whole new way of living. Prior to European colonization, Africa consisted of many different cultures and ethnicities.
The purpose of this paper is to critically appraise an article entitled “The Myth of Neo-colonialism.” The author of the article is Tunde Obadina. The central theme of the article is to provide a clear, basic and well-illustrated of the legacy of colonialism and the myth of neo-colonialism. However, the article pays particular attention to African political structure, social and economic developments as well as modernization. The article portrays this and traces the development of the African societies before and during and after the colonial era. The article uses argues the reasons behind the colonization in the African societies as well as its merits and demerits.
Things Fall Apart focuses on the early experience of colonialism as it occurred in Nigeria, around 1890, from the first days of contact with the British to widespread British administration. Towards the end of the nineteenth century most European states migrated to Africa and other parts of the world where they established colonies. Nigeria and other African nations received visitors who were on a colonising mission; they introduced their culture and religion that is and later imposed these on the Igbo. The culture of the people of Umuofia is immensely threatened by this
From the understanding of the empowerment theory, one can see its positive relevance to South Africa’s decolonization and Africanization process. This can be so in that, a critical analysis on pre 1994 South Africa shows that the Republic was under white colonial rule of the National Party which sort to increase patterns of colonial discrimination of the Black South Africans through the devolution of political structures and the promotion of a putative independence in the African reserves Laura (2012). Race also played a pivotal role during this colonial period. The White rule was characterized by installation of oppression, denial of opportunities and poverty on the black majority based on belief in biological racial difference and hierarchy. This exemplifies the notion of oppression, discrimination and powerlessness suffered by the marginalized individuals and groups in some societies as argued by the empowerment theory.
Achebe has given an authentic portrait of the pre-colonial culture of the Ibo life. He shows us many aspects of the pre-colonial cultures and their social organization, economic system, and religious beliefs. The process of colonization involved not only physical occupation of the land and imposition of government, on the colonized place, but also mental colonization. ‘In the colonial context’, Fanon writes; “The settler only ends his work of breaking in the native when the latter admits loudly and intelligibly the supremacy of the white man’s value” (The Wretched of the Earth, 43). In a similar manner we can examine more closely Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, which shows the colonial encounter in Nigeria from the inside.
The Media and War against Corruption in Nigeria Introduction The media and society are the two sides of a coin mutual and inseparable, each determines the other in a peculiar way. The main functions of the media in society are for surveillance, correlation, transmission of culture information dissemination, management, instruction and mobilisation (Harold Lasswell1948; Wilbur Schramm 1964; Elizabeth Noelle Newman 1973; Dennis McQuail 2005.This means that the media should cover and report the issue as objectively as possible to society. It should push for innovation through information. Through the analytical and interpretative rules set up an agenda and direct public consciousness through the building of public consensus. This could be done
Corruption is a major challenge to sustainable development in Africa (Le Billon, P. (2008). The socio-political and economic system in many African countries are generally known to be inextricably rooted and entrenched in corruption. The African countries have also become dependent on foreign Aid donors. Ending corruption in Africa is the paramount responsibility of African leader, many who have failed to make a difference between the poor contemporary Africa and the Africa without corruption. From this point of view, African leaders are not doing the best to end corruption and engage in a real development of the continent.