Africa Speaks

Africa Speaks

Africa Speaks

Africa Speaks

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The interesting question about colonial Africa today, it seems to me, is no longer whether Africans are to exercise their own sovereignty, nor even how soon they are to exercise it. Apart from one or two areas of tough racialist dominion, all the colonial peoples in Africa are firmly on the road to independence in the not distant future. Now comes an altogether new and different question -- and this, I suggest, is the really interesting question about Africa: What will African peoples do with their new-found sovereignty?

Only they, it may be argued, can provide the answer. But that is a partial truth. What Africa does or wants to do will be partly in function of what the rest of us do or want to do. Not even the profound divisions of the modern world can destroy this interdependence. Unless the civilizations of the twentieth century disappear in the dust of nuclear warfare there will be action and reaction between Africa and all of them. And the Africa of tomorrow, striding its own road into the future, will carry with it the political, economic, and social baggage of a complex and many-sided process.

Even so, the answer will be framed by Africans and couched in an African context. The accent, tone, and flavor will be African. The brains which formulate it will be African: brains for which the "outside world" is little likely to be seen as sharply and eternally divided into . . .

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