Africa’s emancipation


Walter Rodney 1973 wrote about “How Europe under developed Africa” that the capitalist system made the continent dependent which led to its exploitation; he further noted that Africa in fact contributed to the growth of Europe while its own economy remained in stagnation.
One of the reasons that stand out for Africa’s problematic nature is the 1884 Berlin conference. The creation of artificial and arbitrary borders in Africa did not take into account the ethnic composition, demographic, culture, religious and other local realities. Judicial statehood were recognized legal as state but lacked the ability to fulfill the function of the state, some lacked the empirical character of the state e.g. collection of revenue.
The borders were created on the basis of the usefulness of those who created them, i.e. the African states did not develop naturally as it was for the case of Europe. Ironically the African fore-fathers failed to DE-colonize or re-draw the map of Africa. But most importantly the question is how or rather what are tactics and strategies that have been adopted for Africa’s emancipation and development?
Well, the De-colonization of Africa provided an opportunity to place its self in the global arena, despite the ever present national, regional and global challenges. African has risen into a noticeable player in the global sphere therefore today Africa is viewed in a much more positive terms by policy analysts, observers and investors. With the involvement of China, the Asian tigers and the idea of South-South cooperation has set the tone for new forms of engagement between Africa and the rest of the world.
The dynamics and development of African international relations has been spear-headed by the growing number of the African elite who are becoming increasingly involved in the decision making process, questioning the conception or believes that concern African international relations and foreign policy with big man syndrome.
Africa is increasingly broadening its involvement in greater spheres of social, culture, economic, political and security through bilateral and multilateral platforms for instance WTO , DOHA negotiations and most interesting, is that Africa is engaged in the debate towards the transformation and democratization of the United Nations Security Council.
Given Africa’s negative headlines for example; inter-state conflicts, catastrophic diseases like Ebola, the threat of terrorism, economic stagnation and problems of youth UN-employment. It is easy to discharge the continent as marginalized in international relations, but on the contrary Africa to today is playing an important role in global Affairs. Africa’s headlines may not be so good but the trend lines are remarkable. Well to me that is Africa’s Emancipation and development.

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