I thought this would be a fun filled discussion for people to get involved in but before we do here are some quick ground rules
- Be respectful to each others opinions
- Do not attack a user directly or personally insult them
- Keep in mind that if you agree or disagree, please explain why. We don't want single word answers basically.
The Race for Africa was it is known was a period in the mid 19th to early 20th century, where several European countries sought after colonizing Africa like they had in Asia and South America. These countries were France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy and Great Britain.
Former Belgium Colonies: Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi
Former French Colonies - Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Chad, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Madagascar, Comoros and Djibouti
Former German Colonies - Parts of Nigeria, Cameroon, Parts of Togo
Former Italian Colonies - Libya, Eritrea and Somaliland
Former Portuguese Colonies - Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and Sao Tome & Principe.
Former British Colonies - Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Namibia, The Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Malawi, Lesotho and Swaziland.
A lot of these colonies declared independence around the 1960's onwards as Ghana was said to be a trendsetter. South African and Liberia (US colony till 1847) were earlier. From there several of these countries endured hardships including civil war, economic issues, lack of economic development, corruption, political instability, poverty, HIV AIDS and numerous of coups. However there were several positives but it is dependent on the country that colonized it as for example a British colony would be far different from a Portuguese one.
So what are your thoughts?