Why the African States Fall Apart and Who is to be Blamed?


  • Nasir M. Ali A researcher currently enrolling postgraduate program at the Center for African and Oriental Studies Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia


Africa, neocolonialism, conflict, governance, independence, Pan-African, state collapse


Since its independence, Africa has been a region of political disorder, disintegration, ethnic conflicts and strife, civil wars, failing states, transnational crimes, such as terrorist networks, piracy, drug trafficking and others. This study examines the root causes of the Africa’s post-colonial state crises and what went wrong after the African states managed to gain their political independence regarded by many as the ‘illusion sovereignty’, it questions why the African states fail one after another. The study does not list the Europeans as the only chief architects of the Africa’s conflicts, crises, and state failures, but also underlines that the Western-trained Africans are responsible for the instability, chronic economic troubles, environmental risks and shocks, and the frequent state collapse. The conclusion sketches indigenous innovative strategy as a way forward that aims to address both internal and external challenges that face the Africa’s states since their independence. This demands particular leadership characters and the institutionalization of the African indigenous knowledge, as Africans were better governance system than the European nation-states.



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How to Cite

M. Ali, N. (2014). Why the African States Fall Apart and Who is to be Blamed?. Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, 2(3). Retrieved from https://www.ajouronline.com/index.php/AJHSS/article/view/1390