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A Post-Colonial Mentality Persists in Africa

After enduring many years of servitude and domination by their colonizers, Africans decided to take up arms and reclaim their freedom and possessions. The battle was tough and many people paid the ultimate price, but it was eventually won.

Throughout the colonial era, Africans longed for a return to their original ways of life, free of subjugation and abuse. So when freedom finally came, there was a sense of optimism as Africans hoped to shape their own path to the future.

But decades after independence, questions still abound as to whether Africans were indeed decolonized, since a sincere look at modern African society reveals the existence of numerous colonial legacies that continue to dictate life across the continent.

While it would be naïve to imagine that Africans could have gone back to many of their original traditions after independence, it’s sickening to see many of them behaving like they are still under colonial rule. The fact that many Africans continue to choose Western cultures and doctrines over their own means they still view themselves as inferior and inadequate.

Here are just some examples of the enduring post-colonial mentality in Africa.


During the colonial era, Africans were made to perceive their skin tone as inferior, and in the process, many ended up hating themselves while others suffered from a serious race-based identity crisis.

Sadly, many Blacks still suffer from an inferiority complex, and this is illustrated by the rising cases of skin bleaching and plastic surgeries in many African countries.

In Ghana, dangerous skin bleaching products — most of which are known to cause cancer and other serious physical deformities — have flooded the market due to the desire to look White.

This phenomenon has forced Ghanaian authorities to ban the importation of skin-lightening products in the country.

Although East Africans do not dress in cow hides and banana leaves anymore, it’s unfortunate that many are no longer proud of their African attire, which was once a gateway to our true identity. Instead, many Africans now prefer the latest fancy fashion trends from abroad.

It has gotten to a point where Africans are now buying the so-called “African attires” imported from overseas over the locally made ones, which are high-quality and authentic.

This mindset has also led African women to spend humongous sums of money on fake human hair extensions from China and India.

Although it’s every woman’s prerogative to wear the kind of hair she likes, some women wear these extensions to feel complete and look like their White counterparts, which is definitely a demonstration of an inferiority complex.

The colonial mentality has forced many Africans to ditch their indigenous foods, which have been scientifically proven to be healthier, and go for foreign foods simply because they make them look posh.

Some African parents have also resorted to giving their children foreign names just because they are considered to be cool. There’s also a certain perception of opulence that is given to native Africans with foreign names.

While Africans have to interact with the rest of the world in this era of globalization, it is foolish for anyone to consider themselves inferior because of their skin color or shape of their nose. It is also stupid for any African to drop their culture and indigenous identity simply because the West says it’s not ideal.

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