No. 7: The Curse of Berlin: Africa after the Cold War / Nicholas Norbrook, February 2011

Published in: The Africa Report, No. 27, February 2011

The Curse of Berlin: Africa after the Cold War, Adekeye Adebajo, Hurst

The breadth of Adekeye Adebajo's vision does not lack for detail, nor does he polemicise. The author takes the seeds of today's issues from a variety of events, including the Berlin conference — which divided Africa among European nations — and the Cold War period. He places Africa's future firmly in the hands of regional political and economic institutions. The book dissects the inherent instability of colonial creations such as Nigeria and Sudan, but offers explanations — not excuses — for African states being turned into cash cows by local elites.

Nicholas Norbrook

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