nigeria celebrates.jpg17 African nations mark 50 years of independence this year, from a Europe that sought to deprive and under-develop the continent through resource pillage and looting which saw the former slave master  becoming economically empowered at Africa’s expense.

 

Cote’ d’Ivoire, Senegal, Chad, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo are among the nations celebrating their golden jubilee of sovereign rule. Violent invasions in the 1880’s and 1890’s saw the murder of innocent sons and daughters of Africa. 

 

 

 

senegal celebrates.jpgIn the space of just 20 years, 90 per cent of Africa was brought under European occupation.

 

The African continent became the resource base for Europe’s Industrial Revolution and capitalist system witnessed today.

 

chad celebrates.jpgThe occupation of Africa saw millions of indigenous people being uprooted from their homes and dispossessed of their land.

 

Using supremacist racial undertones, Africa’s colonizers unleashed a tenure of years of exploitative governance whose hegemony was broken in 1960 when seventeen African nations gained their independence.

 

While Europe’s legacy in Africa is oppression, segregation and exploitation Africa has worked and continues to define itself in a new era on the global political and economic arena.