AUTHOR: CHUKWUEBUKA GODFREY OFORKAJA
AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA
Colonialism in Fanon’s perception is violent in nature. Colonialism is violence in the sense that it took a violent process to invade and subdue Africa. It destroyed as Fanon observed, African socio-political, psychological, cultural and economic structures. Injustice which is also a dominant feature of colonialism is seen in the exploitative relationship that existed between the native and the settler as well as in the alienation of the native by the settler. In simple term, colonization was a violent process that destroyed old ways of life and robbed Africans of their means to live with dignity. Fanon, therefore, advocated through socialist revolution using violent armed means to fight the
colonial power. He further stated that out of this violence a new, humane man would arise and create a new culture. The question now is, in the wake of this twenty-first century can violence be gladly upheld in actualizing a course? Will it be relevant even as we still experience neocolonialism? In our Africa of today, is it advisable to adopt violence in settling disputes even as we march towards development? Can dialogue be an alternative to violence in the face of disputes? These questions constitute a problem and this thesis seeks to make a critical
appraisal of Fanon’s conception of colonialism, violence and emancipation. For this work violence serves only direct and short-term purposes while dialogue affords durable and long-term results. Finally, this research work made use of critical and analytical method.
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