Essay: Kwame Nkrumah, Were the Roots of Africa

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¶ … Kwame Nkrumah, were the roots of Africa's "backwardness" in comparison to the west, and what did Nkrumah see as the solutions to Africa's problems? To what extent might colonialism be responsible for continued political, social, and economic unrest throughout Africa today?

According to Kwame Nkrumah, because of its potentially rich natural resources, Africa could develop into a wealthy economic powerhouse. Unfortunately, the legacy of European colonialism is still manifest Africa's fragmentation and the extant rivalries between the continent's many nations, all of whom are at different levels of development. Africa may have succeeded in fighting European dominance, but now too many African nations are fighting between one another. Africa, the victim of colonialization, is now engaged in a kind of 'divide and conquer strategy' against itself. "Can we seriously believe that the colonial powers meant for these [twenty-eight nations] to be viable states?" asks Nkrumah, implying that the creation of so many nations after the Age of Empire… [END OF PREVIEW]

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