Africa’s need for autonomy–a case for non-interference in Africa

A continent rich in cultural diversity, natural resources, and untapped potential has long been subjected to colonial domination and exploitation. From colonialism to neocolonialism, Africa has endured centuries of foreign and hostile domination, often resulting in detrimental consequences for its people and development. Africa needs to be left alone, allowing our Nation to exercise autonomy and determine its own destiny. A free, liberated Africa is in the interest of the entire world. Colonial domination and exploitation of Africa has stunted world progress. A liberated African Nation, with access and control over its own resources, its genius and productive capacity towards its own development presents the world with untold possibilities.

Historical context

Africa’s history is marred by the legacy of colonialism, which left deep scars on the socio-economic and political landscape of the Continent and the entire world. European powers exploited Africa’s resources, imposed artificial borders, and disrupted traditional systems of governance. The consequences of this interference are still felt today, as Africa struggles to completely dispel colonial domination and occupation. Therefore, it is imperative to acknowledge this historical context and respect Africa’s right to self-determination.

Economic exploitation

Africa possesses vast reserves of natural resources, including minerals, oil, and arable land. However, external actors have often exploited these resources to their advantage, leaving the African Nation impoverished and dependent. With a free, socialist Africa in control of its resources, the Continent can harness its productive capacity which has for centuries been used for the development of Europe and the colonizer nation.

Chairman Omali Yeshitela speaks at 1999 African Socialist International (ASI) conference. The ASI is built to put power in the hands of the African working class—to take back the land and resources stolen by Western colonial powers and unite the African Nation forcibly dispersed by slavery and colonialism. PHOTO: THE BURNING SPEAR

The colonial domination of Africa has made it impossible for Africa to be in charge of its own political affairs. Colonial powers have transitioned to indirect rule, neocolonialism, white power in black face, so that the will of the colonizer continues to be exercised under the guise of an independent African state. Colonialism has resulted in the installation of a colonial, bourgeois democracy that maintains white power and militarily crushes anything that opposes it. This is the basis for what’s characterized as “instability” in Africa. It is responsible for what’s known as ethnic tensions, creating artificial conflict usually resulting in proxy wars.

Cultural preservation

Africa is home to a rich tapestry of cultures, traditions, and indigenous knowledge systems. However, colonialism has often eroded, stolen, or rebranded these cultural practices, leading to a loss of our African identity, including those Africans dispersed around the world. By leaving Africa alone, the continent can preserve and celebrate its diverse cultural history, fostering a sense of pride and unity among the people and contributing to the overall cultural enhancement of the world.

Developmental autonomy

Africa’s development trajectory should be determined by its own people, based on their unique needs and aspirations. Colonial intervention driven by self-interest has hindered Africa’s ability to chart its own course. Africa’s autonomy must be recognized and respected.

Africa must be free!

Colonialism must go!


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