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The Contemporary Political Crisis of Africa, A Consequence of Political Framework Inherited From Colonial Rule? (Abstract)

In Economic Institutions on February 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm

When the future development of the Republic of Sierra Leone is being deliberated by a vodka infused Romanian Businessman named Frank Timis someplace in London, one gets the ere feeling that colonial rule may still be at play.  Today this type of business is called capitalism or “venture colonialism.”[1] The aforementioned recent example of a business deal also corresponds to the operation of the current “framework” existing within the political process, which has vaguely remained the same. The five centuries of enslavement and plunder in Africa have undoubtedly cast a substantial impact on the African continent and exacerbated her struggle of reaching economic, infrastructural, and political stability. The aim of this paper is to assess the direction of the impact of colonial rule of Africa in its current state; a particular emphasis will be made on Sierra Leone to represent a case study. This paper is an attempt to highlight several arguments; one of them being the view that the economic development of the continent has been predetermined by the Western legacy of difficult and irrational policy. This impact has had substantial structural impacts on creating the political and economic system of the continent making it impossible for nations to provide the most basic of social services.


[1] Kamara, Ahmed. “African Minerals on Track in Sierra Leone as 9.7 Billion Tonnes of Iron Ore Discovered – Making it the Largest Deposits in the World | Newstime Africa.” Newstime Africa | Africa’s Breaking News Center Africa Information and News. Feb. & march 2010. Web. 17 Feb. 2010. <http://www.newstimeafrica.com/archives/10891&gt;.

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