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Africa, the parable of the failure of the West, works

Ogutu E M Gilbert, University of Nairobi

Following European exploration and missionary activities, Africa was partitioned into European spheres of influence followed by further migrations and colonization. The consequence of these international migrations was that Africa lost something of value, which they sought to recover at independence. But globalization and the new missionary zeal have created opportunities and posed challenges to the 21st century Africa. The argument of this paper is that in spite of the migrations, interference from outside, its poverty and violence, Africa works in a way that would baffle most westerners. This being the case, all that is needed is to tap our indigenous knowledge systems and experience although the circumstances are very different in our age and time.

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Presented in Session 69: Consequences of African international migration