Africa… States of Independence

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


The Nobel literature laureate talks about the end of colonialism and its impact on Nigeria’s identity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The popular musician discusses what it means to be Nigerian.