The benefits and consequences of a possible imperial re-colonisation of the African states.
Africa has, for a long record in time, been home to many different colonies that originate outside the continent, ranging from the Phoenicians in the early B.C.E times up towards the much more recent 1970’s with the Spanish, British and French empires withdrawing their final troops and letting the African nations declare independence. After the last decolonised state declared independence, Zimbabwe, it has been clear that the collect nations of Africa are finding it ever-increasingly hard to stay on their feet and be able to survive, both economically and socially, and in some cases environmentally. In this essay, I propose whether a full scale re-colonisation of Africa would be beneficial or consequential to both those who live in Africa themselves and also how it would affect politics in what would be the newly re-acquainted, mother country. Just as an example for this essay, say that nation ownership would be given to those who last owned the country before decolonisation, for example, Egypt, Sudan and Uganda would be under British rule whilst places like Algeria, Mali and Madagascar would be under French rule and so on. Any independent state can be presumed to be under the control of the United States of America.
First off, the economic benefits to those countries who re-adopt the nations and for those living in them. Africa has always been realized as great potential for economic growth in numerous of its nations, yet it hasn’t been secured yet as the African governments are unwilling and not well enough equipped to utilize the amount of wealth they currently sit on. In this case, it can be said that Africa is its own worst enemy. A total re-colonisation by the bigger powers can exploit that wealth to help both the country situated in the area, and the country that is helping to utilize its resources. The untold wealth below certain areas like Nigeria with its oil, the Democratic Republic of Congo with its gold and South Africa with its diamond mines can create riches that can help that nation grow and flourish more than what the current government would be able to probably ever be able to achieve due to both their unwillingness and their limited knowledge on the situation. The point that there is good potential links with the point of better management by the former colonial powers link in together to create a third economic benefit that the newly combined wealth and distributed wealth can help combat crisis’ around the world easier. Britain could use its portion of the wealth to help climb its way out of economic bad time, much like the other powers, seeing as they would have an extra influx of continuous wealth from their colonial counterparts. This also goes along the lines of helping combat resource depletion as large quantities of oil and gas could be distributed also as a payment to the mother country to help relieve bad times like we are in at the moment with the natural gas scare, as again, we could incorporate an untapped oil reservoir to British consumption. This way of distributing the wealth can also help the African nation producing it to grow and increase itself in the terms of technology and productivity as more wealth would become available to be able to pump back into their system than they would have at this moment in time. The increase in wealth would benefit both parties in this matter and whilst solving matters perhaps more closer home, the majority of the benefit would be able to let the nation where it origins to expand internally and help provide that all important wealth to be able to sustain itself to be financially adept later on.
There are also a lot of social benefits that would come as a result of colonial rule that would help Africa’s reputation as a “criminal continent” and to eliminate all such threats to the common person’s way of life. There is