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19 Oct 2020

Why is Africa so Poor? Here’s Why
Hello Displorers, Welcome back to another exciting and informative video presented to you by Displore and thanks for watching, In this video we shall be giving you answers as to why Africa is so poor..….Hold up….don’t just go to the comment section yet…watch the entire video then you can drop your opinions. we know this question is a little tricky and we are very much aware of the fact that this topic can be very dicey…for that we will try our best to answer in a two part video and we shall be extremely blunt. We will like you to watch this video with an open mind and at the end of the day we can start a conversation… but first if you are new here, welcome be sure to subscribe and turn on notification so you don’t miss any of our videos.
Now to begin let’s look at the meaning of Poor…. According to Google, Poor means “ lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society or of a low or inferior standard or quality”. Here are some few statistics to establish the fact that Africa is the poorest Continent . Amongst the top 50 Poorest Countries in the world, more than 30 countries are African countries with the Top 10 being All African countries living with less than 1 dollar a day. African countries dominates the list of Countries with bad roads networks, bad Education systems, bad healthcare systems and overall poor standard of living. The big Question is Why? Why is Africa which is rich in Natural and Human reseourses so poor and Backward.
Now lets begin with Mentality
Going down mermory lane, between the 2nd to the 15th century, Africa was a very wealthy continent …(well Still is) before the Scramble and Partition of Africa which is one of the reasons why the continent was colonized in the first. The Continents was rich in Natural resources such as gold, crude oil, diamond, and forests just to mention a few. It was made up of very wealthy and powerful kingdoms and empires. Some of the wealthiest and most powerful kingdoms included the Mali Empire, the Songhai empire, the Ashanti Empire, sokoto caliphate and Kingdon of congo. These kingdoms were ruled by wise kings and sultans. Till date the richest man to have ever walked the earth called Mansa Musa was from Africa with an estimated networth of About 400 Billion Dollars. The people of these Kingdoms were happy and made use of the resources available to them….. They even made boots and were the first people to sail the Atlantic ocean even before Christopher Columbus did. Fast forward to the 15th century when the portuguese first step foot in Africa and changed the history of Africa forever. Subsequently other European nations started making their way to Africa. The best quality of men and women as well as the most valuable natural resources were taken away from Africa and transported to Europe and the Americas. An estimated 13 million people were forcibly taken into slavery in the New World, but comparable numbers were for centuries also sold across the Sahara, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. When the Europeans took total control of Africa, they impose their way of life to African and made them believe they were inferior and the whites were superior and for centuries that ideology stuck with the Africans. In as much as we can’t entirely blame the slave trade to be the cause of Africa’s poverty today, we can’t ignore that fact either. After the decolisation of Africa, All of Africa’s colonial masters left behind a way of life completely decimated, a people traumatised and taught in colonial schools to loathe everything about themselves: their skin, their languages, their dress, their customs. Even their gods were replaced. As the psychoanalyst and revolutionary writer ‘Frantz Fanon’ put it this way in his 1961 book, The Wretched of the Earth: “Colonialism is not satisfied merely with holding a people in its grip and emptying the native’s brain of all form and content. By a kind of perverted logic, it turns to the past of the oppressed people, and distorts, disfigures, and destroys it.
Till this day most Africans still suffer from that mentality of inferiority complex and white superiority. They still believe anything coming from a western world is better and honestly you can’t entirely blame them. You might be wondering but this happen Many many many years ago, Why do they still have such mentality, well Africa was only decolised some 60 years ago After been under colonial rule for over 300 years, so you see, its not an easy mentality to change. Lets take a practical example, There are many African countries now making their own cars from scratch but how many African Patronise such…African would rather buy cars from the west and this applies to almost everythi

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