Perspecttive: NEO-COLONIALISM: A HEART ATTACK TO AFRICA’S FUTURE

Thursday, January 31, 2019

How would you rate a continent whose economic, political, cultural and social life is degrading? One may demands explanation on why and how Africa’s future is questionable and hence degradedly threatening. The explanation generally can best be pictured in what is today painted by many intellectuals as ‘neo-colonialism.”

Many intellectuals define and explain the concept of neo-colonialism based on their findings of certain facts about the bold term and the experiences they gather factually as the contemporary society grows. To some giants, it is captured as ‘the use of economic, political, cultural or other pressures to control or influence other countries, especially former countries’.  Some noted it as ‘simply a perceived illusion of independence.”

  Why is neo-colonialism a policy worth calling a heart attack for Africa’s future?  Economically, almost all African countries that were once colonized today moves predominantly by foreign businesses, foreign banks and foreign financial institutions. The development of most of these countries is determined by how accessible loans are from the foreign financial institutions.

Perhaps, It is high time for Africans most especially leaders, to fully and consciously realise that loans are payable and the inability to payback may result to drastic consequences for Africa’s future. The theoretical description of economic neo-colonialism proposes that ‘the global economic system comprises wealth countries at the centre and poor countries at the periphery’.

Economic neo-colonialism extracts the human and natural resources of a poor country to flow to the wealthy countries. Undoubtedly, the result of neo-colonialism economically is that foreign capital is used for the exploitation rather than the development of the less privilege parts of the world. Investment under this policy increases, rather than decreases the gap between the rich and the poor countries. At this juncture, question the interventions of foreign investors and institutions economically. Are they problem solving oriented, or are they heart attacks for Africa’s future?

The devastating nature of our societies resulting from moral decadence is entirely and squarely yields resulting from cultural neo-colonialism. Africa today and her people appreciate little of if any, the products that are being produced locally. Instead of finding ways on how to make best use of locally made products, Africans are busy importing products from the western world in the name of Civilisation which in actual sense, is the highest degree of incivility. The one who feeds you, normally imposes his wills on you’-Thomas Sankara. Most Africans today prefer to be attired Western to African.

The political mannerism at which many African leaders lead, are indications that neo-colonialism is at the apex. For example, It is unjust for a termed independent country above the age of four decade to be unable to provide basic needs for her citizens. What could be the reason why Most African nation will never satisfy the satisfactory percentage of her people in the area of basic need provision is, the inability of the leader to protect the country’s resources and his intelligence in the exploitation mechanisms of those resources.

It is metaphorically an illusion that a country with verse landscape of arable nature, can go to sleep hungry. Most African leaders are masters of begging for support, and once the aid is extended, corruption awakes. This make African continent vulnerable to the ill wills of the west because he, who feeds you, normally imposes his wills on you- Thomas Sankara.

For Africa to be relieved from the heart attacks of neo-colonialism which can kill Africa one day, African leaders most promote local based industries to produce materials of interest for African people. This will prove our independence. Perhaps one of the greatest gift that nature provides for Africa is Land. This arable lands most be properly utilised to produce materials of interest. Agriculture must be diversified and employment oriented to enable the young take ownership of their countries.

Until drastic steps are taken, neocolonialism remains a heart attack for Africa’s future

By: Sulayman Lecturer Darboe

  Advance Diploma Secondary

The Gambia College School of Education

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