Africa… States of Independence

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In 2011, 17 African nations marked 50 years of independence from a resource-hungry Europe.


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Af­ter 50 years of in­de­pen­dence, the West African coun­try is fi­nal­ly sev­er­ing ties with its for­mer colo­nial mas­ter.

Published On 5 Oct 2010
Africa independence 50 - Senegal

Lis­ten to the mu­sic of this Niger­ian four-piece band, whose in­flu­ences range from Fela Kuti to The Cure.

Published On 5 Oct 2010
Africa independence 50 - Nigeria

The con­sul­tant and hu­man rights ac­tivist looks at the im­pact of oil ex­ploita­tion on Chad’s peo­ple.

Published On 5 Oct 2010
Africa 50 independence - Martin Petri Chad

The his­to­ri­an re­calls the day Sene­gal gained its in­de­pen­dence and the hopes peo­ple held for its fu­ture.

Published On 5 Oct 2010
Africa states of independence 50 - Abdullah Bathily - Senegal

One of the most pow­er­ful po­lit­i­cal fig­ures in Cote d’Ivoire talks about what in­de­pen­dence has meant for his coun­try.

Published On 5 Oct 2010
Africa 50 Charles Ble Goude

The Niger­ian nov­el­ist and play­wright gives in­sight into grow­ing up in post-in­de­pen­dence Nige­ria.

Published On 5 Oct 2010
Africa 50 - Biyi Bandele kids

The jour­nal­ist and au­thor ex­plains why he will not be cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of Cote d’Ivoire’s in­de­pen­dence from France.

Published On 5 Oct 2010
Africa 50 independence - Venance Konan

The man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Chad’s Na­tion­al en­er­gy com­pa­ny talks about Chi­na’s role in Chad.

Published On 5 Oct 2010
Africa 50 independence - Chad - Ahmat Khazali Acyl

The pop­u­lar Sene­galese mu­si­cian talks about pol­i­tics and the pow­er of mu­sic to in­spire change.

Published On 5 Oct 2010
Africa 50 - Senegal - Youssou N''Dour

The pop­u­lar mu­si­cian dis­cuss­es what it means to be Niger­ian.

Published On 5 Oct 2010
Africa independence 50 - Seun Kuti