Video: Africa - States of independence - the scramble for Africa

Yinka Shonibare - The scramble of Africa
Black History Month - This is a must see documentary about the impact of colonialism on Africa.

The Scramble for Africa (also the Race for Africa) was the invasion, occupation, colonization, and annexation of African countries by the European imperial powers during the New Imperialism (1870–1914) period, effected between 1881 and and 1914. Consequent to the political and economic rivalries among the European empires, in the last quarter of the 19th century, the partitioning of Africa was how the European avoided warring among thenselves over Africa.The last 59 years of the 19th century featured the transition from "informal imperialism" (hegemony) by military influence and economic dominance, to the direct rule of colonies.


  1. This is a great film jam-packed with lots of information within a short span! (44 minutes).

    It's interesting that, just as the last countries in the Americas were abolishing slavery: United States-1865; Cuba-1886; and Brazil-1888; the European Powers were already convening to once more have an imperialistic and materialistic grasp on Africa, her people and her economic natural resources potential.

    Today, it's China and the Indian sub continent who are also making strong inroads into sub-Saharan Africa---in the name of "economic opportunity." Everyone on Earth wants a piece of Mother Africa---to be used for their lucrative purposes. It's a neverending saga.


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