Economic Exploitation During Colonial Period

Introduction Europe’s imperial incursion into Africa in the 19th century is generally referred to as “New Imperialism”. Scholars have attributed different motives to the spread of Europe’s imperialism and subsequent colonization of Africa. Some scholars believed that humanitarian concerns, the need to end slavery by introducing legitimate commerce, to “civilize” the “backward” races of Africa, … Continue reading Economic Exploitation During Colonial Period

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#IfSlaveryWasAChoice

#IfSlaveryWasAChoice Colonialism may not have happened Balance of world power may not have been lopsided Africa may not have been mere source of raw materials Africa may not have been a third world continent Africa may be seen, treated and recognized as equal #IfSlaveryWasAChoice Racism may not be in the world “Black” may not have … Continue reading #IfSlaveryWasAChoice

Benin Punitive Expedition 1897

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2HHWsr3A2M This short video explains in brief detail the Benin Punitive Expedition of 1897 and the resultant pillage of the kingdom by the British. But then one important issue must be attended to in this narrative. Towards then end of this video the narrator undoubtedly acknowledge the technical sophistication of the works of arts of … Continue reading Benin Punitive Expedition 1897

Selected Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Africa II

31. West Africa had bling culture in 1067 AD. One source mentions that when the Emperor of Ghana gives audience to his people: “he sits in a pavilion around which stand his horses caparisoned in cloth of gold: behind him stand ten pages holding shields and gold-mounted swords: and on his right hand are the … Continue reading Selected Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Africa II

African View of Early Europeans

  Since the 15th century when the Europeans established permanent contact with Africa, so much has been written about the various divergent accounts of earliest European contact with different parts of Africa. On the contrary, little has been written and lend credence to concerning how Africans perceived the Europeans on their arrival or first European … Continue reading African View of Early Europeans

Book of the Month: King Leopold’s Ghost

King Leopold's Ghost By Adam Hochschild “A village which refused to provide rubber would be completely swept clean. As a young man, I saw [Fiévez's] soldier Molili, then guarding the village of Boyeka, take a big net, put ten arrested natives in it, attach big stones to the net, and make it tumble into the … Continue reading Book of the Month: King Leopold’s Ghost

Selected Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Africa…

1. The human race is of African origin. The oldest known skeletal remains of anatomically modern humans (or homo sapiens sapiens) were excavated at sites in East Africa. Human remains were discovered at Omo in Ethiopia that were dated at 195,000 years old, the oldest known in the world. 2. Skeletons of pre-humans have been … Continue reading Selected Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Africa…