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The Future Of Africa In The 21st Century

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Courtesy of The Freeman Institute

By Ron Daniels 
TBWT Contributor 
Article Dated 6/12/2002

In his classic work The World and Africa, W.E.B. DuBois wrote: “ Today out of Africa come 95 per cent of the world’s diamonds; 80 per cent of the cobalt; 60 per cent of the gold; 75 per cent of the sisal hemp; 70 per cent of the palm oil; 70 per cent of the cocoa; 35 per cent of the phosphates; 30 per cent of the chrome and manganese; 20 per cent of the copper; 15 per cent of the coffee; an increasing part of the uranium, radium, and large amounts of tin, iron, and spices. If DuBois were writing today, he would add oil to this list. 

Though these numbers might vary today, DuBois’ point still rings true – Africa is the richest continent on the face of the earth and has been from the beginning of time. In addition to fabulous material riches, however, Africa’s most notable distinction is that it is the birth place of humanity and the world’s earliest societies – the giver of life and civilization! Africa is the mother of Black people, people of African descent and indeed
the mother of all humankind. 

The problem is that ever since the European incursions into Africa and the onslaught of the holocaust of enslavement, Africa’s enormous wealth has been ravished and utilized to enrich and develop others. And, her gifts to her progeny and the world have been consciously buried to buttress the ideology and practice of white supremacy. 

From enslavement to colonialism and neo-colonialism, European domination has wreaked havoc on Africa and African people, ripping millions of people from their ancestral homeland, pillaging the natural resources, disrupting cultures, decimating political and economic systems, derailing peoples and nations from their normal path to progress and depraving them of what Walter Rodney terms “development opportunity.” The subjugation of Africa and the scattering of her people to far flung places around the globe also forestalled the continent’s prospects for becoming a global power. 

The challenge we face as Africans in the diaspora is to heed the call of Garvey, Nkrumah, Malcolm and countless other African leaders to assist in the process of liberating, resurrecting and unifying Africa as a global base of Black Power and human liberation and a source of a new African renaissance. This is in part the challenge which the organizers of the first African Liberation Day assumed in mobilizing/organizing the massive demonstrations in support of the liberation movements in Guinea Bissau and Southern Africa in 1972. 

The question is, thirty years later, how far have African people on the continent and in the diaspora progressed towards fulfilling the Pan-Africanist vision of Garvey, Nkrumah and Malcolm? What is the future of Africa in the 21st century? 

The official Call of the State of the Black World Conference convened in Atlanta last year incisively stated the tragic state of affairs in Africa today: “In the motherland, the continent of Africa, our people have been ‘liberated’ from colonialism, but the voice of Nkrumah speaks to us from the grave - Africa is neither genuinely free or united. The motherland is still in the clutches of the former colonial powers who control much of the land, wealth, natural resources and the economies of our new nations, rendering our ‘liberation’ an exercise in ‘flag independence.’” 

One need only look at South Africa, where Nelson Mandela went from “prisoner to President” to understand the veracity of this assessment. Black majority rule is now a fact of life in this nation, but the dismantling of apartheid has not changed the reality that the same individuals and corporations that controlled the diamonds, gold and disproportionately owned much of the best land, still maintain control over these vital areas of economy - a reality which has meant that the redistribution of wealth and opportunities in South Africa for the indigenous Black majority will be painfully slow. A similar situation prevails in neighboring Zimbabwe where the landless masses of African peasants are locked in a struggle to reclaim the land stolen by a wealthy and privileged White minority which has grown fat off its ownership of the best lands in this nation. 

In addition to these maladies, much of Africa also suffers from fratricidal ethnic conflicts, the ravishes of poverty and disease, particularly AIDS, and corrupt, self-aggrandizing leaders who are more interested in obtaining and clinging to power to enrich themselves than in utilizing the resources of the continent to solve the problems of the African masses. “Where there is no vision the people perish.” In the motherland the interests and aspirations of the masses are being sacrificed by the blind ambitions of false leaders. 

This is a bleak and sobering picture – enough to plunge a less sturdy people into a state of perpetual despair. But the people who gave life to humankind and bequeathed to the world its first gifts of civilization, must not despair. Rather it is our sacred duty to heed Garvey’s exhortation, “up you mighty race, accomplish what you will.” This is the challenge we face as we struggle to rescue and reconstruct Africa and the race into the 21st Century. People of African descent must vow that Africa will be “free and self-determining!”

Copyright © 2002 The Black World Today.
All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.



Not much. We don't want to sound fatalistic, but the reality is that the scam artists hide behind untraceable email addresses, sending their scam letters from pay-by-the-hour Internet Cafes. The governments of Africa are generally in a survival mode, with little interest in dealing with some Internet scam artist in a local village. There are always bigger fish to fry. 

Plus we have actually talked with West African government and business officials about their perception of these 419 scams. They have expressed amazement that anyone could be fooled by the  empty promises contained in emails from a stranger in Africa. In their eyes, the culpability goes both ways. "Who could be such a fool to give money to someone they have never met?" This is a valid question for all of us to ponder...

What we have done at The Freeman Institute is to provide a free service to warn individuals who may be flirting with the idea of great wealth coming their way. Our motto is: Run, don't walk, away from these scams and then do what you can to warn people about this pervasive problem. Feel free to provide a link to -- so that more people can see the truth about these 419 scams.


For hard numbers, the Australian Institute of Criminology article and the US Dept. of State pub. 10465 will prepare you better than this site will. Really good backgrounders. From these you will get an idea of the scope of this scam. There are already inter-governmental relationships established over this issue.


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