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The Postcolonial Destruction And Betrayal Of Africa

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After independence, most of the black African countries entered a new era called "Black Imperialism". While many of the African leaders are addicted to shouting against imperialism and colonialism, they forget to recognize the existence of a new form of imperialism, the "Black Imperialism". Within a spate of just four decades after independence from colonial rule, Africa has been transformed into a broken, dysfunctional continent by the poor quality and caliber of its postcolonial institutions and leadership. Virtually all of the postcolonial leaders meant well for their people, but apparently good intentions were not enough. This chapter presents a brief account of the treacherous institution of dictatorship, tyranny, and economic disintegration in postcolonial Africa. More painful and unforgivable from the African perspective was the cultural betrayal and the destruction of indigenous African institutions. Suddenly after independence, Africa's own indigenous systems were held up to contempt by the same nationalists.

Keywords: black African countries; Black Imperialism; cultural betrayal; dictatorship; economic disintegration; indigenous African institutions; postcolonial Africa; tyranny



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