Imperialism In West Africa

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The imperialist’s ideology is that Africans are primitive beings incapable of knowing what is good for themselves, let alone for anyone else. African societies were self-governed by the rule of law, but the Europeans and North Americans found it difficult to recognize and accept it.

Not more than 60 years later, Europe found out that it had gained nothing from territorial possession; it went back to its policy of decolonization. These years of colonization thus became wasted as Europe had frozen all indigenous institutions.
Tribalism became pronounced with the British strategy of divide and rule. It's invented weapon of self-defense though a genuine product of African diversity, became a potent factor in opening the route to nationalism.
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These Africans had by now acquired both education and Christianity.
Postcolonial independence must be in the hands of literate and civilized men who understood constitutional law and practice and who could easily relate with and understand the politics of world economy.
The educated elites in West Africa saw African history as irrelevant and useless. They saw its history as deplorable in the past, could do nothing for the present and the future would forget it.
The acknowledged African chiefs found this deeply offensive and argued that the ‘modernizers’ would make a mess of it.
It was not really a battle between the ‘traditionalists’ and the ‘modernizers’. The traditionalists were eager to assimilate the fruits of modernization as long as it would fit into accustomed rituals and historical customs while the modernizers accepted that modernization must accommodate traditions.
It is obvious that this enterprise of civilizing Africa yet alienating Africa from itself has led to the advancement in moral and political
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The society together and when necessary were always able to put down the mighty from their seats.

Literates were few, political competent literates were fewer still, reliable policy-makers fewest of all. It is worth asking why leading politics in West Africa by 1850 in contact and sometimes close contact with Europe for three or four centuries should have failed to make adjustments in their mode of production and exchange, adjustments that could have helped to meet the external challenges of

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