AUTHOR: ASOANYA, FRANCIS OBINNA
AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA
Africa’s underdevelopment has been blamed on the West as the major cause of African condition because of their role in the Slave-trade and colonialism. Consequently, they are more developed than Africa, a continent that has been tagged a Dark Continent. This creates a problem where even some of our fellow Africans agree that they are inferior to the developed countries; thus creating an identity crisis among Africans between those that believe they are inferior and those that disagree with them. This thesis investigates the major cause of this gap between Africa and the developed economies, and looks far beyond the immediate past but to the remotest past of our history to get answers that address the issue of the disparity among races. This issue was extensively researched on by Jared Diamond who asserted that the major gap noticed between the developed countries and the developing countries was caused ultimately by the accidents of geography and biogeography, and not as a result of any biological difference between the two. This was discussed in his research work on the universal history entitled Guns, Germs and Steel, the Fates of the Human Societies. Hence, arguing from the idea of Diamond, this thesis tries to review this claim philosophically and then find out its implication for Africa. This work, through the method of critical evaluation, came to the conclusion that African condition was caused by both environmental conditions and political instability in Africa. This work offers some possible way forward for Africa ranging from economy to politics and ideology.
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Tags: Afrcan Condition, Africa, African Condition-Critique, Biogeography, Diamond Critique., Economic Condition, Food Production-Orderly Society, History Ultimate Cause, Ideological Condition, Jared Diamond, Philosophy-Thesis-2012, Political Condition, Societial Collapse, Societial Success