Book Review: The Fate of Africa by Martin Meredith



This seven hundred and six page book is not for the weary of heart but for those yearning to know more about this mysterious continent. Meredith’s masterpiece is comprehensive in its scope, covering what has happened in all of Africa since the independence of Ghana in 1957. Due to the colonial era, Africa was broken up into countries that had neither natural borders nor contained people groups, which would typically unite together to innately form a nation.

This book focuses in on the result of that. It peers deeply into the crimes and corruption of the charismatic African leaders in the post-colonial era. The meticulous research of Meredith substantiates the cyclical horror story, which consumed Africa for the first five decades of its independence.  africa.png.opt276x279o0,0s276x279

It chronicles the dozens upon dozens of successful and unsuccessful coup attempts, which were the scourge of Africa.

It details the decades of tyranny and torture, which engulfed Africa, while also demonstrating how entire countries went bankrupt because of their corrupt leaders.

The Fate of Africa, which was originally published in 2005 and was revised in 2011 with updated material, ends on a somber note. It documents through various indices how Africa still faces problems of epic proportions and leaves the reader with a sense of no hope for the continent.

As worthy an undertaking I believe this book to be, I do deem it to be only part of the African story. No doubt, a very important part which people need to read in order to really grasp what is going on in Africa today. The problem is, Meredith chooses to leave out the multitude of African success stories, especially the ones that have dominated the African landscape this past decade. (To learn more about these African successes click here)


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