Foreign Interference and Residual Colonialism:



The Looming Threat

of an Africa-wide War:


by The Bibliotheque: World Wide Society

and the Institute for Positive Global Solutions



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Africa, with its diverse cultures, vast resources, and complex geopolitical landscape, has long been a target for foreign interference and colonialist exploitation. Although many countries on the continent have gained independence over the past century, the residuals of colonialism persist, leading to significant political and socioeconomic challenges. With external powers meddling in sovereign African matters, the threat of an Africa-wide war looms large. This paper considers the catalysts behind this threat, the consequences of foreign interference, and the urgent need for African nations to aggressively assert their sovereignty.


Historical context of colonialism and its influence today


The roots of Africa's present vulnerabilities can be traced back to the era of colonialism, when European powers partitioned the continent for imperial gain. These colonial legacies, from artificial borders to economic dependencies, continue to shape African politics. Many borders fail to align with ethnic, linguistic, or cultural divisions, leaving room for internal conflicts. Moreover, the extraction of resources for the benefit of colonial powers has perpetuated economic inequality and instability.


Modern-day foreign interference in Africa:


Despite gaining independence, African nations face ongoing foreign interference, often under the guise of so-called economic "partnerships", "security cooperation", or "humanitarian aid". Powerful nations and multinational corporations exploit their influence to secure resources, perpetuate neocolonialism, and advance strategic interests. This interference often fuels regional rivalries, exacerbates existing conflicts, and hampers efforts towards unity and development. Additionally, foreign actors exacerbate divisions by supporting proxy wars or arming insurgents, further destabilizing the region.


Political consequences of foreign interference:


Foreign interference in African affairs poses several significant political consequences. First, it weakens state institutions and governance structures, leading to increased corruption and power struggles. This undermines the legitimacy and effectiveness of governments, as they are viewed as puppets of external powers. Second, external support for repressive regimes prolongs authoritarian rule, denying citizens the right to self-determination. Third, interventions often exacerbate ethnic or religious tensions, deepening existing divides and inhibiting efforts towards national cohesion.


Socioeconomic consequences of foreign interference:


The socioeconomic consequences of foreign interference are far-reaching. Exploitation of resources by outside actors hampers local economic growth and perpetuates inequality. Wealthy nations siphon off profits from African resources, leaving little behind for local development and exacerbating poverty. Additionally, the influx of foreign goods undermines local industries, leading to dependency and stifling economic diversification. This cycle of economic exploitation and underdevelopment creates conditions conducive to conflict, as marginalized groups may resort to violence to pursue their interests.


Strategies for African nations to assert sovereignty:


While African nations face significant challenges, they also possess the agency and potential to assert their sovereignty, effectively reducing the threat of an Africa-wide war. First and foremost, fostering regional integration and cooperation can build resilience against external manipulation. Organizations such as the African Union and regional economic communities can play a crucial role in consolidating African interests and promoting unity. Secondly, diversification of economies and investment in education and infrastructure can reduce vulnerability to external pressures. Lastly, African leaders must advocate for fair trade policies, resource ownership, and renegotiation of exploitative foreign contracts.




The perpetuation of foreign interference and the residuals of colonialism pose a significant threat to peace and stability in Africa. If left unchecked, the mounting tensions and political, socioeconomic, and humanitarian consequences could escalate into an Africa-wide war. African nations must actively work towards asserting their sovereignty, breaking free from the chains of neocolonialism, and pursuing inclusive and sustainable development. While the so-called "International Community" has a responsibility to respect African sovereignty and work towards promoting equitable partnerships for the benefit of all parties involved, cruel experience has shown that the IC is more interested in power, wealth and dominance than they are in Multi-Lateralism or mutual respect among nations.


Only through hard-line, practical thinking and a clear awareness and recognition of the harsh geo-political realities facing them, can Africa unite to present a defensive armed force intimidating enough and formidable enough to be fully capable of roundly defeating any and all invasions by the foreign powers hungry to rape Africa of her natural resources and enslave her peoples.