There appears to be a general paucity of
literature on the legacies of colonialism and the impact
on Africa. This informed the decision to examine this
colonial legacy which is so deep rooted and enduring.
This paper attempts to provide clarity to the narrative of
the present state of affairs in Africa in its broadest sense.
This research seeks to interpret their experience and
guide their actions towards reconciling their dilemmas.
The continuity between past and present is often
neglected or trivialized with its attendant negative
consequences for the development of the African
Given these legacies, what are the consequences of
this past, how have they changed how we live, who we
are and our hope for the future. This paper interrogates
the various forces working against development in
Africa, their origins and effects and to proffer some
solutions. This research is by no means exhaustive but it
will provide a starting point for more research.
Approaching these issues from a multi-disciplinary
context, the paper concludes by exploring new strategies
and making useful recommendations towards ensuring a
more stable and progressive Africa.
Keywords : Legacies, Colonialism, Africa