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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Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries

By Jason Hickel Via Guardian We have long been told a compelling story about the relationship between rich countries and poor countries. The story holds that the rich nations of the OECD give generously of their wealth to the poorer nations of the global south, to help them eradicate poverty and push them up the … Continue reading Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries

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

Orientalism

Preface (2003) Nine years ago, in the spring of 1994, I wrote an afterword for Orientalism in which, in trying to clarify what I believed I had and had not said, I stressed not only the many discussions that had opened up since my book appeared in 1978, but also the ways in which a … Continue reading Orientalism

Book of the Month: Before the Mayflower

  Before the Mayflower By Lerone Bennett Jr.   What is Africa to me: Copper sun or scarlet sea, Jungle star or jungle track, Strong bronzed men, or regal black Women from whose loins I sprang When the birds of Eden sang?                              Countee Cullen     (Click the link below to get pdf version) … Continue reading Book of the Month: Before the Mayflower

ORAL TRADITION

ORAL TRADITION In African societies, oral tradition is the method in which history, stories, folktales and religious beliefs are passed on from generation to generation. Webster's dictionary defines "oral" as, "spoken rather than written," and it defines the word "tradition" as, "transmittal of elements of a culture from one generation to another especially by oral … Continue reading ORAL TRADITION

Book of the Month: Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology

Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology By Chiekh Anta Diop   I dedicate this book to the memory of Ailoune Diop who died on the battlefield of African culture. Alioune, you knew what you came to do on this earth: A life entirely dedicated to others, nothing for yourself, everything for others, a heart filled … Continue reading Book of the Month: Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology