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What advantages /disadvantages did Africa gain or suffer from colonisation by European powers?

Are the advantages still relevant? A young friend of mine needs help with her homework. 42 mths ago

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To the following extract I can only add that I am a Brit colonial, I can hold my head high and am damn proud of what my family achieved in Africa. ** In the 21st century, the impacts of Western Europe’s imperial role on the wider world over the last 300 years, are but vaguely understood, important though such understanding is to the global challenges that have faced us since. Those who have studied the subject objectively will know the demands and responsibilities it out upon the ruling powers and the differing extents to which those powers succeeded in shouldering their responsibilities. Great Britain played the major role in the evolution and development of the continent of Africa and in the enlightenment of its Black people, a role of which she van justifiably be proud. It is regrettable then, that through misrepresentation of the historic facts, it has become increasingly fashionable to look upon Britain’s role with shame and ignominy. Shakespeare put the effect into words: The evil that men do lives after them, the good is often interred with their bones! ** So, to answer your question: Yes, indeed. The advantages will always remain relevant despite the fact that the mere mention of the word 'colonialism' has become so politically incorrect!!

Source: Kenya, the Kikuyu and MauMau by David Lovatt Smith

42 mths ago

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Slave trading

42 mths ago

English,education all the attributes that civilized Europe could give them,unlike the USSR, weapons,AK 47's so they can kill each other more efficiently than pangas,have you ever tried to eat a rocket when you are starving ?...

42 mths ago

Advantages: Infrastructure [roads, water, air, electricity, telecoms, etc], education [as engineers, doctors, accountants], medicine, not having to hunt for food but buying it from shops, NANDO’s & KFC! Developing mining, agriculture and manufacturing. Disadvantages: Westernisation, modernisation, exposing the people from Africa to money and power, corrupting their traditions, ever setting foot on the continent. The people of Africa should have left to their own devises. They were doing fine before. We would not have seen kid soldiers with AK47 warring under doctorial rule, blood diamonds being mined, etc. But maybe I’m wrong and my perspective skewed.

42 mths ago

Disadvantages: slavery, mimicry (Natives constantly trying to be like their former masters), lack of moral compass, displacement and division, diseases. Advantages: literacy and written history, conservation.

Source: Troglodytian Rancour

42 mths ago

Hey guys - there is no excuse for not knowing the facts -- slavery and slave trading existed in Africa hundreds of years before colonialism even became a word in the English language!! ** For example: Some two thousand years ago Austronesians settling in Madagascar made slave raiding sorties to the African mainland, and African slaves were carted off to China and various 'Arabian' countries long before any European sailed the Indian Ocean. Yes, slaves were carried in the ships of Britain and other European countries as well as the USA (as it was then) - they were opportunistic carriers of the 'cargo'; they were not the prime slavers - that was the doing of (mainly) African tribesmen and 'leaders' themselves! Remember, it was Britain that led the move to end slaving. (At least as far as it went as a trade from Africa to the USA and Caribbean - however, there are more slaves of one sort or another in the world today than ever there were in the heyday of 'classical' slavery.

42 mths ago

Neso, knowing the facts and knowing how to spin those facts is the difference. I take away nothing from your heritage as it's mine too & the English did do a lot to end the slave trade (e.g. The Scottish case of Wedderburn vs Knight). BUT, slavery in Africa was more of an occupational indentured servitude (caste system) which is better than what we had in Apartheid. The Arabs were involved in slave trade and is thought even to have introduced the concept to the West (not proven). What I most disagree with is this argument that Africans captured the Africans and sold them to the Arabs & the West, therefore the Africans are also to blame for slavery. Yes, African criminals profited from the slave trade but the comparison is like saying children working in sweatshops is okay if their parents know and it's in their own country. There is a way to be proud of your heritage while acknowledging its faults. Imperialism had its disadvantages too!

42 mths ago

Do not forget that Africa was also colonized from within. The Matabele over the Shona, the Zulu’s over the other Nguni clans, the Xhosa’s over the Khoi/San, etc etc. As for European Colonization. Disadvantages – False national boarders, Increase in Slave Trade, Loss of culture/ heritage, Loss of wildlife, Christianity, Loss of Sovereignty, Democratic process, Exploitation of mineral wealth, Massive social/ technological shift from stone age to industrial age in very short period. Advantages – Infrastructure & transport, Health, Modern farming methods and food security, Use of mineral wealth, Education, Language (Most African tribes did not have a written Language), Stop to Slavery, Recording of culture/ heritage, Conservationism, Democracy, Christianity, Currency & Trade opportunities, Safety & Security from animals & other tribes, Law & justice based on evidence & facts (as opposed to tribal chief justice), Equality (eventually). Some issues can be considered as both an advantage and disadvantage, while other issues such as weapons and morality are very disputable. Would Africa have developed or become Westernised without colonialism, probably, Japan although never colonized was forced to, but was able to keep its natural identity. Most of the advantages are still relevant today, even if many African countries today are regressing. The disadvantage which is still relevant today are the false national boarders curved up by the colonial powers and still retained today (not one African country since independence have changed there boarders). Colonialism is a necessity for most cultures to advantage and few cultures have not experienced some form of colonialism at some time. European colonialism was not without its fault, but on balance Africa has benefited greatly.

42 mths ago

All was well and wonderful. We were safe and sound. We had everthing we needed. Life was a blast and there was no apartheid. We all grew up together, here in the Cape. Woodstock, Salt River, Brooklyn...that is where I spent my first 6 years....but hell we had a good time. Primary school...no problems. Then came 1961, and our bubble burst into a million pieces. My worst experience, not being able to go to the Olympics. I do not think I will ever get over that. South Africa felt something akin to Germany before the war.

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