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Comprehending Africa’s Contemporary Problems: The Challenge of Kaleidoscopic Western Diagnosis for Contemporary History

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Year:
2014
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
Contemporary History, Post-Colonial Africa, Nation Building, Western Conceptions
Authors:
  • Mordi, Emmanuel Nwafor
Journal:
IJIRES
Volume:
1
Number:
4
Pages:
236-244
Month:
November
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Abstract:
The changing Western conceptions of, and expert advice for solving post-independence Africa’s myriad problems of nation-building, conflicts, economic development, and corruption as well as their implications for the ability of the contemporary historian of Africa to fully grasp and explicate them, and provide meaningful policies directed at their effective resolution were investigated against the background of the equally changing scholarly perspectives of the problems. Adopting the historical method of narrative and analysis, and interrogating available secondary sources on the subject, this study concluded that, given the constantly changing Western perspectives of, and remedies for post-colonial Africa’s problems, which obviously compounded these problems and made their effective resolution even more problematic, the need for Africa, while not existing as an island unto herself, to seek African solutions to her contemporary problems cannot be over emphasized. Indeed, African History even in its contemporary form has a dynamic role to play in bringing this about.

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