n African Renaissance - Culture, colonialism and development

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


This paper pithily examines the question : can today's economist enter African and chiefly Nigerian culture to soften the notion that culture and resort to colonialism impede development? The question as it is purports an ideological view seeking a sensible perspective. Of all today's African nations, and more particularly home Nigeria, the mere fact that a sovereign state consists of diverse ethnic nationalities with varying unequal powers mattered at independence granting, and at reinventing cultural colonialism. It is not that African nation-states, such as Nigeria in name is wrong but the type of "badly structured Nigerian federation" (Chief Emeka Ojukwu) handed over to the cultural space, lives with a lopsided political independence, and moreover, a more asymmetrical cultural-economic dependence on the granting colonialist. Dr. Jude Uwalaka writing in his new book ... (2003) states this dilemma succinctly "... Britain used its military power to bring together the incompatible" and since after independence Nigerian ethnic component parts have been engaged in various wars of to be or not to be. That is, cultural economic and political models to hold the parts together have always been challenged through force-policies of the advantaged and the disadvantaged, de-ethnicization and penchant for the un-ethnic, and because from the beginning it lacked consultation and agreement. "Entering the cultural economist" posted on this column (nigeriaworld.com, October 22, 2003) (see also response to a rejoinder - October 31, 2003), sounds to me conceptual for development rethinking and call for spaces of change.

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