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Identify the problems that two African countries (not including South Africa) have faced since Independence. To what extent can these problems be fully attributed to Colonization?

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Identify the problems that two African countries (not including South Africa) have faced since Independence. To what extent can these problems be fully attributed to Colonization? If Africa were a person, it would be a wise, young, memorable woman with a difficult past. It would be wise because of its knowledge through experience, young because of its age in comparison with other countries, memorable because of its life-long history, and a woman because of its patience and grueling work. The continent Africa, to some extent is all these things; but because Africa consists of at least 54 different countries, each with its own chronicle, it is cannot be a person, for a person is a characteristic individual. Thus, Africa is not as wise and collected as it should be. Young? Maybe; memorable? Possibly; but wise? That is debatable. One of the most fascinating things about Africa is its suffering and challenging past. Throughout its years of struggle, its ultimate independence by 1970 has been its biggest achievement. Due to its previous colonization and control, this period was a large step for the continent. Africa was faced with several problems and challenges, some brought shortly after, and some occurring long-term. ...read more.

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Ghana's communication and infrastructure is marginally better than Congo's. There are currently six mobile phone companies in Ghana, each doing rather well, and telephone lines are constantly being upgraded. However, like all African countries Ghana usually focuses on urban areas, which statistically results in only 2.9 telephone lines per 100 persons. Internet is accessible in Ghana, but once again, rural areas are neglected. Roads in Ghana are fairly decent. Of 39,409km of roads, at least 11,653km are paved, which are very high statistics in comparison to the DRC. This aspect, Communication and Infrastructural means in Africa's countries may somewhat be related to their colonization. In these terms, though, colonization would have benefited these countries rather than caused them problems, as the colonists are the ones who actually began to build communication and infrastructure in the nations. Would one truly blame the colonists for the lack of communication or infrastructure in these countries? STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) are one of the world's worst problems, affecting billions all over the earth. The most threatening and most common (unfortunately) disease of these, is HIV, otherwise known as AIDS. ...read more.

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This can obviously be blamed on the British as they were the ones to introduce diseases into the country. Finally, corruption rate is much less and is being wiped out much more actively, which may have been influenced by the British force as well. Although things were and are very different in the two countries, one can see that their problems were at different levels. The DRC, ruled one way, has had more challenging problems than Ghana, which was ruled another way. Which was the better form of rule? Did the government of colonists affect the extent of how much these problems can be attributed to colonization? When the colonies had taken over Africa, the countries were just like new-born babies: unaware, uneducated, and helpless. As the several decades of colonization passed, the countries were molded into the way the colonies had raised them. When Africa's countries were at that stage where they needed nationalization, they were like rebellious teenagers trying to gain independence. Now, with struggles and constant improvements, they are experiencing adulthood. The countries together, with all their aid and growth, are developing wisdom. Wisdom that may seem nonexistent sometimes, but nonetheless still there. Africa is still young, and has much progress to undergo for it to reach the stage of other continents, for it was "born late". ...read more.

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