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Fanon, Rodney and Moyo say Africa’s plight isn't our own fault; I say it is - 8 months ago, 9 Aug 16:18

Tee Ngugi

Why does Africa fail is a question that has exercised the continent’s best minds since Independence.

In The Wretched of the Earth, a much-loved text of pan-African scholarship, Frantz Fanon theorised that the nationalists who took power were alienated from the people by colonial education and would, therefore, create policies that would perpetuate a neo-colonial relationship between the newly independent states and their former masters.

Subsequent study and experience have demonstrated that Fanon’s psychoanalytical theory of underdevelopment is reductionist and simplistic.

However, in the same book, Fanon warned that attempting to base the new states on pre-colonial traditions, as the nationalists and intellectuals of the Negritude persuasion advocated, would be counterproductive.

In this regard, Fanon’s warning was prescient. Indeed, Fanon argued that the very act of resistance to colonialism was creating a new culture that was the correct foundation for the new African society.

Then there was Walter Rodney, the Guyanese historian and ...
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