n AfricaGrowth Agenda - Dreaming the African Dream

Volume 2010, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1811-5187


On the 6th of March 1957, Ghana's first President - Dr Kwame Nkrumah - declared that "the Independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked up to the total liberation of Africa". More than fifty years since the declaration, a complete political independence of Africa has been achieved. South Africa, in 1994, was the last African country to "gain independence". How about economic independence of Africa? How economically independent is Africa today? Again, Nkrumah was once quoted as saying that "Africa is a paradox which illustrates and highlights neo-colonialism. Her earth is rich, yet the products that come from above and below the soil continue to enrich, not Africans predominantly, but groups and individuals who operate to Africa's impoverishment ". How relevant is this statement in today's Africa? The European imperialists have long since left the continent. Africa is now governed by Africans and the products that come from above and below the soil of Africa are controlled by Africans yet fifty years down the line the continent still cannot find a sustainable formula that can help it attain economic freedom.

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