Underneath the tale of Segu is the hushed and disloyal question few people tend to voice: how did they lose the rights to use the land and resources of an entire continent? This novel explains that it was not just Europe’s greed and Christianity pretense that led to the fall of Africa. It shows that Islam was a major force that endangered Segu as well. However, aside from the tragedy’s that were outlined, there lies a captivating story about culture, spirituality, and diversity. Works Cited Conde, Maryse.
Jordan goes to great length in explaining how the English and early colonialist over centuries stripped the humanity from a people in order to enslave them and justify their actions in doing so. His focus is heavily on attitudes and how those positions worked to create the slave society established in this country. The first chapter focuses on the first impressions between the people of different color also the reasons Africans had evolved or changed into what they now appeared to be. The section on causes of complexion was both fascinating and entertaining. Many of the theories were of the wall and far fetched.
Franz Fanon places the blame on the generation of African middle class persons for their failure to stabilize the nation. In The Trials and Tribulations of National Consciousness, Fanon argues that the bourgeoisie's failure to invest in domestic business due to fear of risk, a failure to build a stronger... ... middle of paper ... ...d political movements have the ability to bring to light generational differences which did not exist prior to the strife for change. In conclusion, generational conflict has been seen in Africa through the criticisms of past generations, backlash due to cultural change and the tensions arising from attempts to gain social and political equality. Since generations are formed out of socio-political circumstance, tensions can arise between people of different age-groups due to fundamental ideological differences. The continent of Africa has been plagued with a variety of social and political issues in which all generations have attempted to solve.
Emecheta's Marxist examination provides an outline for illustrating how imperialistic capitalism alienated Africans from their culture, and from one another, causing irreparable damage to the social fabric of Nigeria. The Marxist argument in The Joys of Motherhood demonstrates how the root of the characters' downfall is the socioeconomic shift from the tribal economic paradigm to the exploitative, capitalist system used by the British. However, Emecheta also criticizes her tribal culture's oppressive hierarchy, illustrating the Ibo treatment of slaves and of women. So although European colonialism... ... middle of paper ... ...Marx and the Sources of Critical Theory. New Jersey: Rowman and Littlefield, 1981.
There were various ways in which Europeans colonized Africa; the main method involved multiple wars where Europeans had a clear supremacy using the Maxim gun. Other methods i... ... middle of paper ... ...es of achieving great wealth. As Christian missionaries continuously attempted to convert people, conflicts arose when converted Africans rejected their community’s beliefs. Imperialism helped suppress African traditions even more, when the colonial schools, run by Europeans, taught that the African beliefs were backwards and continuously portrayed a negative view of African cultures. European paternalism affected most Africans, even those in the government; never did Africans hold the highest position or make big decisions.
Todays africain society is a result of peoples struggle and failure to the powerful. The people have accepted new religions and their way of life. All this has made, not just segou, but the whole of Africa a multicultural and a religious plural
The rebellion had been fought by the African rebellion groups, the Mau-Mau, against the British government in an attempt to regain Kenyan land which had been procured from the original owners and permeated by white colonists. Their road to improvement had become blocked by colonialism, and the Mau-Mau chose to express their displeasure through violence and upheaval. Following the realization that they had become subjugated in their homeland, the Mau-Mau Uprising is a chief instance of African peoples opting to wage war for their freedom. It is an event which revealed how politically conscious Kenyans were at the time, and how they fought to create their own future apart from the colonialist world of which they were slowly becoming prisoners. Beginning in the mid-19th century, European explorers charted sections of central Kenya, and began to map the coastlines.
African Colonialism The imposition of colonialism on Africa drastically reconstructed the continent. All over, European powers attempted to “assimilate” countries into their own, all the while exploiting and victimizing their people, culture, and resources. However, if there was one aspect of colonialism that provided a fertile ground for conflict, it was the unknowingly insidious method of introducing religion, specifically Christianity, into African families. This is particularly exemplified in the novels Things Fall Apart, Houseboy, and Weep Not, Child. Throughout these novels, the assimilation of Christianity within the protagonists’ not only results in a destruction of their sacred and traditional values, but also their well-being and those around them.
Africa’s struggle to maintain their sovereignty amidst the encroaching Europeans is as much a psychological battle as it is an economic and political one. The spillover effects the system of racial superiority had on the African continent fractured ... ... middle of paper ... ...he malleable nature of the African psyche and how susceptible it can be to foreign influence. From the inception of colonialism, Shanu was straddling between two cultural identities; however the strain it placed on his psyche consumed him, ultimately leading to his suicide. . While Collins does a succinct job of examining the economic and political factors that heightened colonization, he fails to hone in on the mental warfare that was an essential tool in creating African division and ultimately European conquest.
Westerners emerged with strong intentions to destroy local traditions and establish a solid group of supporters who would accommodate their rule. Religion, being central to all African lives, was the first on the colonizers’ execution list. Evangelists and Missionaries arrived in Africa and infused with the local African community, appearing to be supportive and empathetic towards the natives. Gradually, Africans became brain-washed and started to fall for the cajolery that Westerners had plotted. However, eradicating the beliefs that were had been so deeply rooted in African culture for centuries were not an easy task.