Africa Unbound: Reflections of An African Statesman

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Reflections of a Young Statesman

What is the use of living if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? How else can we put ourselves in harmonious relation with the verities and consolations of the infinite and the external? I avow my faith that we are marching toward better days. Humanity will not be cast down. We are going on, swinging bravely forward along the grand high road, and already behind the distant mountains is the promise of the sun.

SO WINSTON CHURCHILL wrote in Faith in the Future, and his belief in better days to come is one that I, and most Africans, share. In this small undertaking of mine, I have concentrated largely on Africa's attempts to assert her personality and so "unbind" herself from foreign domination and the threat of strangulation. I have done so in order to correct the image of Africa so long fixed in the minds of those non-Africans who still regard Africa as a continent inhabited by peoples with no personalities of their own. For it is obvious that the Africa that should have been--indeed, the Africa that would have been had not colonialism gained control of the continent--can only come into being, can only realize itself during the latter half of the twentieth century if tremendous efforts are made to bridge the gap of centuries of exploitation and neglect. Those who have faith in Africa, the

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