THE PARADOX OF AFRICAN POVERTY

Since the end of 1950s Africa has possessed formal independence, but in many countries ties to their former colonial powers has remained strong. Thus, for post-independence Africa, though it had succeeded in becoming politically decolonized, freedom from what is called neo-colonialism became almost impossible. There are still many hindrances to the achievement of economic decolonization in Africa. Therefore, one may say, although the decolonization of Africa has been achieved, freeing Africans from their colonial legacy and enabling them to embark on the application of African indigenous knowledge and practices remains.

The task of gaining this freedom for Africa has become problematic in many respects due to the severe poverty prevailing on the continent at the present. Africa as a whole is currently associated with extensive malnutrition, recurrent famine, rampant disease, high level of illiteracy and acute shortage of goods to fulfil basic needs. A number of African countries are also ruled by dictatorial government, where little, if any, respect is paid to fundamental human rights. The Paradox is that the potential wealth and rich culture of Africa do not justify a crises of such dimension. As the saying among Africans goes, “Africa is poor because she is potentially rich,” And with regard to the total crisis facing the continent, there appear to be a lot of truth in the saying.

Excerpt from the book titled; Paradox of Africa’s Poverty.
Author: TIRFE MAMMO (1999)