Post-Colonial African Conflict After World War II, the people of Africa fought to end the effects of European imperialism to achieve political independence and reclaim African culture.After many years of being controlled by Europeans, Africa gradually gained independence following World War II.
Post-Colonial African Conflict After World War II, the people of Africa fought to end the effects of European imperialism to achieve political independence and reclaim African culture.
The first leader of independent Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, encouraged a strong, unified state to bring prosperity to Africa (Nkrumah par 5).
Nkrumah once said, “Only a strong political union can bring about full and effective development of our natural resources for the benefit of our people.” Because the Europeans controlled the agricultural aspects, African people suffered from poverty.
They were taking the African resources for their own benefit (Nkrumah par 1).
Africa has many resources; including diamonds, cocoa, and rubber (Nkrumah par 4).
Colonial control forced the Africans to go through several hardships.
Due to the extensive cost of World War II, England and several other mother countries struggled with their economies.During this struggle, Africa received very little support from the rest of the world to either develop African economies or governments.Currently, the people of Africa are still attempting to solve several conflicts.All of these events in the Cold War helped Africa gain independence.In 1951, Libya, with support from the United Nations, became the first independent African state.Also, the African people were getting sick of the harsh treatment and cruelty.The Europeans claimed that they were helping Africa become civilized, but in fact were doing the opposite.From the mid-1900s to 1994, African states escaped imperialism and gained independence.Due to conflicts during the Cold War, tension between the USSR and the United States in Egypt, the United States interfered on the Egyptian side.He spent twenty-seven years in prison for leading groups that opposed imperialism (“Africa” par 1).Mandela tried to spread the awareness of the inequality and brutality of the Europeans.