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What if Africa was not colonised? 


About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

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  1. john zande says:

    Indeed, what if…

    One thing would be different: Africa would be represented in it’s “true” physical size, which it is not in today’s western maps.

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  2. shelldigger says:

    What if hypotheticals rarely amuse me. In fact when someone walks up to me and I am greeted with a hypothetical, my usual response is “I don’t do hypotheticals.”

    Too many variables, each leading to different unpredictable outcomes, generally leads to an imagination fest, which just doesn’t amuse me. I have better things to do.

    Now if it’s one of my kids with some sort of silly hypothetical, I can have fun with that, but anything resembling a serious topic, “Oh damn! Look at the time, the universe needs my assistance elsewhere!

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  3. I can’t find a way to comment on ”what ifs”.


    • makagutu says:

      That’s the beginning of research 😉

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      • shelldigger says:

        If one is doing actual research then yes every question needs addressing.

        But that piece, in my mind, was more a what if scenario where many conclusions were reached without really knowing how or why things might have turned out the way they imagined. In this case you got to show your work, the reasoning behind every conclusion, and address why that conclusion was a likely possibility. Even then when addressing such what ifs we never really know what the actual scenario would play out like because we cannot know all of the variables.

        Given 1000 opportunities to relive the history of a continent, I feel like you would get 1000 different results.


  4. koppieop says:

    —Now if it’s one of my kids with some sort of silly hypothetical, I can have fun with that, but anything resembling a serious topic, “Oh damn! Look at the time, the universe needs my assistance elsewhere!—
    What if you are mistaken, and the universe needs your presence at that precise serious hypothesis? Just joking. -:)

    The heading itself attracted me because I want to know something more about Africa. But then I realised that an endless chain of suppositions, perhaps impossible to follow, would not improve my knowledge.

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    • makagutu says:

      Of course with a string of what ifs, it may not improve your knowledge but it looks at Africa as was before colonization. Which were the dominant powers and so on and that I think is worth knowing.

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  5. Scottie says:

    Hey Mak. I know next to nothing about Africa. Not proud of that, but in my sphere of life it has not really been a topic anyone broached. So I am wondering, you live there, you know Africa, so how do you think it would be different if the rest of the world had kept away. How would things be today if the continent had been let to grow and flourish on its own with outside forced changes. I ask only because I want to learn. Hugs

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    • makagutu says:

      Africa is a vast place. At last count had 54 countries with different nationalities. All these nationalities had different trajectories before colonialism. It is impossible to say what would have become of them same way it would be hard to say what would have become of the American Indians had the Spanish marauders not paid them a visit

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  6. renudepride says:

    The question is an interesting one and leads one to wonder the same not only about Africa but similarly about the Americas and Australia as well. The world would indeed look very different with superficial boundaries replaced by more logical nation-states that are reasonably successful and stable. Thank you for posing this for our thoughts! Naked hugs!


  7. Argus says:

    Colonised per se, or merely traded with, visited, or left entirely alone?

    I simply quote the quote and have done with it:

    “If you always do what you’ve always done …
    … you’ll always get what you always got.”


  8. I’ve really thought about it and figured, to really over mull over such a question, such a possibility, you’d have to start at the very beginning- what if black people had never been enslaved in droves?


    • makagutu says:

      Interesting question.
      What slavery did was to take away the able bodied young men and women who could work farms. This I think also led to depopulation of vast areas. An alternate history can be imagined where these young men and women are actively involved in nation building

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  9. koppieop says:

    This thought experiment has led me to put a, what I hope will not be considered a silly, question:
    why were the Americas, Africa, India and Australia colonised, and Europe, China and Japan were not.


    • makagutu says:

      I will try to answer your question in a few days.
      It is not silly


    • makagutu says:

      China, Japan and most of Europe had weapons, superior weapons to the rest. And diseases from Europe killed more people than their weapons in the Americas for example.
      There could be other reasons but weapons, I think, is the main explanation


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