THE OTHER SIDE OF COLONIALISM part 2 (continued)

Another odious practice outlawed by colonialism is slavery. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, there is amnesia among Africans about indigenous African slavery.  Some West Africans don’t know much about this slavery, and, like many North Americans, imagine that the only form that existed is Atlantic slavery where whites enslaved Africans and worked... Continue Reading →

THE OTHER SIDE OF COLONIALISM part 2

According to family history, my Uncle Justin and his twin Aunt Monica were the first twins in my ancestral home of Eke in South East Nigeria to survive birth. They were born just after the British colonial authorities stamped out the practice of twin infanticide in that part the country. There was a time when... Continue Reading →

THE OTHER SIDE OF COLONIALISM part 1

Ask an educated African today whether colonialism did anything good for Africa, and you are likely to get the answer, “Absolutely not!” Most—especially those Africans living and educated abroad—will give you a litany of evils that colonialism allegedly brought to the continent. However, at the great risk of being roundly abused for telling obvious truths,... Continue Reading →

THE SCRAMBLE FOR….WHAT?

Why did the Europeans colonize Africa? The answer is not as simple as many people think. In university, I was certain—as is often the case, without having done any research or read anything that supported my view—that they were driven by a need to control the resources of the continent. A history professor of British... Continue Reading →

AND THIS TIME, NO ONE DIED

The Scottish doctor William Balfour Baikie led the first expedition up the Rivers Niger and Benue in which not a single European succumbed to malaria. The expedition was sent out in 1854 by a previous explorer, Macgregor Laird, who was supported by the British Government. There were 12 Europeans, and 54 “persons of colour” on... Continue Reading →

ANY GIFTS FOR THE BOYS?

On the 3rd of December 1795 the Scottish explorer Mungo Park left the town of Pisania in the Gambia with a few African attendants to begin his journey to locate the River Niger. He had traveled but a few miles on his donkey, when a number of local people came running up and stopped his... Continue Reading →

THE HUNGRY RIVER

In the age of West African exploration, the River Niger and the region around it devoured white men with unseemly relish. In the late 18th and early 19th century, the British sent out a number of expeditions to map the course of the mighty river, most of which ended predictably. In 1825, when Royal Navy... Continue Reading →

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