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.
Alternative Arguments presented: The reasons for Africa’s poor economic growth cannot solely be explained by colonialism. Several academic articles and scholars have gone further to attribute the slow economic development to African countries internal policies such as internal factors of bad leadership and corruption. Furthermore, in the paper by Juluis Agbor and colleagues it was put forward that effect of colonialism on an African state depended on the type of colonialism implemented within the African state (Agbor and Fedderke 2010). • Did Africans contribute to the destruction of Africa? There are opposing stances on colonialisms role in the economic development of Africa.
Filmmaking for Kaboré as a cinéaste was giving “social significance to the struggle I am involved in” (ibid., 187). “If African filmmakers don’t play their role as consciousness awakeners, maybe tomorrow Africa will be a culturally condemned continent with citizens who bodily live in Africa but are mentally displaced because they will have been showered with images conceived and thought of by other people. This is what we fear?” (ibid., 188). The lack of adequate film laboratories in Africa, the lack of legislations to protect the private investors in the film industry, the perennial economic difficulties for raising funds for film production and Western dominance of the filming industry, were part of Kaboré’s litany of problems that made the indigenization of African cinema a herculean task. Very important
Here, Achebe's writing about African society was intended to challenge the misconception about Africa and Africans by telling the story from an insider’s point of view. Achebe's purpose was to prove that Conrad's was not the only way to see the Africans and that before the arrival of Europeans, Africans did have culture and social systems and, though unintelligible and so evil for the Europeans, Africans had their own sense and ways of defining the world around
Although it’s true that by the 1950s, European empires were in decline as African leaders were successfully forcing an end to colonial rule, the absence of the European empires still has a huge effect on how African governments and societies are governed and ran. The European empires leaving the continent of Africa is ultimately good for Africa in the long run, however I feel as though the colonizing countries owe something to their African colonies. For European colonizers to simply take over African countries, utilize their people and resources for profit, and then leave them all alone after being driven out is incredibly unfair. For a statement to say that the influence of Western powers on the continent “dwindled because, out of respect for the interests of the majority of Africans, Western nations and multinational corporations have chosen not to maintain ties with independent African states”, discredits everything that the African countries and citizens had to go through during the colonization period. It makes it sound as though the Europeans used the African countries, left, and didn’t try to repay them in any way.
Africa is typically thought of as being a continent full of violence and revolution. This concept may have originated from the poor treatment of Africans by the rest of the world through colonization, forced labor in Africa, and the enslaving of Africans in other regions of the world. The danger and violence that stemmed from many countries gaining independence and experiencing political upheaval has been thwarted by peacekeeping efforts from outside agencies, like the United Nations. Africa has had a violent past, but only because of the exploitation by the Europeans, and eventually Americans. Ultimately, their ethnocentrism led to violence and the stereotype of danger in Africa.
This movie was released in 1950, a delicate period for African countries. Trying to fight for decolonization after having been divided by western countries for their human and natural resources, this continent was not much acknowledged. The first thing to note is that at this specific time, after having discovered the mysterious continent and its inhabitants, the world had a very “savage” view of Africa and its people. “Native” Africans were more seen as uncivilized animals than actual humans with a different culture and history. This movie shows us how the contact between westerners and Africans was established but most importantly exposes a problematic view of Africa that is still present today in most of western societies.
INTRODUCTION: Background Poverty is mostly based in Africa. According to the dictionary poverty is defined as “The state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support”. Poverty could be said it started after the arrival of colonists, as they wanted to take over the lands of Africans. They wanted to change the lives of those people and westernize them. As they were forced off their lands then poverty became worse.
Many countries, ruled by the Europeans, have struggled to secure their individuality; they eventually succeeded getting the freedom. Africa is not allowed to get its real freedom. And again Africa which seems to suffer the pain as the European culture has started to emerge, the cultural and tradition of Africa has started to submerge. It causes many local feuds and the ethnic groups continually went up against the new system. The settlers who are all already far from their native, original culture and individuality and it is inflexible for them to adapt in Africa and it is got even worse as the African society itself gone through new cultures.
Apart from constructing artificial hierarchies in Africa, colonialism has also contributed to ethnic conflict by establishing institutions, borders, and practices that create an unstable environment where ethnic conflict can emerge. Ethnic conflicts tend to occur in regions with weak, authoritarian governments that fail to meet the basic needs of the population. This creates frustration within the society and will create conditions that allow conflict to thrive. Moreover, it is also important to recognize that post-colonial states are characterized by weakness, resulting in the inability to change their governing structures from the institutions imposed by colonialists. Therefore, colonial policies, practices, and institutions tend to continue