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Why are there zero successful African countries?

I just got back from South Africa, the "most successful" country on the continent, and it's a mess. Crime is outrageously high, there are power outages all the time, AIDS is catastrophic, and many people live in slum settlements, not to mention the illegals from Zimbabwe who sleep in the streets.

This is the best the continent can do? Why? What's holding them back?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Because in teh 1800s and 1900s, the European powers claimed the Afrifcan Nations as theirs and split them up into uncomfortable borders, where ethnic rivals were often placed into the same governments and same administrations. They took all the resources of the country and took it back with them to EUrope using slave lavor basically. To subjugate the population, they would do awful things. For example King Leo I of Belgium would amputate the hand of every 1005h person be he man, woman or child.

    After the Europeans sucked the land dry, they put in place corrupt leaders who had allegiance to Europe but who only wanted power and money, and got that by being friendly to the Europeans. thus many countries never advanced since their leaders never gave them any room to advance.

    On top of that, the Europeans didnt start forgiving the debt that they put on the africans until the 1990s, so......thats just a small list of why africans are backdated ...

    The most developed continent is Europe because they have been able to use ruthlessness to get ahead of other populations, and once they got ahead they declared those other populations savages who had to be civilized and therefore "civilized" them, in the process making Europe even richer.

    Corruption continues to this day. Jobs are offered only on teh basis of family hook ups not merit system. so you could have a retarded son of a minister get a job over a doctorate who comes from a rural poor family. Government agency workers are willing to take so many bribes, just so they can get a litlle extra money. same for the cops. nothing ever works, if people are bribed so easily, which is ramapant in africa. I remember seeing anti bribery posters as i rode through the Ghana

    Source(s): im an african from senegal
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    • Jack5 years agoReport

      Those gard darned white folks again! They are responsible for everything! You are a stupid ****. I live in New Zealand which is a successful country colonized by the europeans

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  • eyler
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    4 years ago

    Successful African Countries

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Successful African country ???? Name some; name some democratic African countries that are being run by black govt's. Those that are not just dots on a chaotic map. South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya were literally the strength of the African continent before the current brain melt. The conditions in Sth Africa are a disgrace and we know about Mugabe and the matchete paradise Kenya has turned in to. As to why. It's a tribal thing and they all want to fill their bank accounts before someone comes knocking on the front door holding a gun, or a matchete. They're also 100yrs behind businesswise.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well, you have to remember that these African countries are very young; some of them gained thier independence in the 1960's. It took America like 200 years to be ranked a powerful country. They do have alot of natural recourses, like oil, but instead of building factories and prossecing it like america did when it was young, they sell it off to countries for quick cash. A big problem in Africa is tribes, there are many tensions between tribes, and that is really going to effect the economy. If the tribes can't get along, then how are they supposed to become a whole country.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ghana is doing better these days, as is Uganda. So much depends on the quality of leadership.

    Life expectancy in most of Africa was rising for several decades before they got hit with the AIDS epidemic. There IS a genetic component to susceptibility to HIV, and my understanding is that people of African heritage tend to be more susceptible. This is part of why the epidemic in the US is disproportionately among blacks.

    There is also a genetic component to vulnerability to other major infectious disease: white people are way more susceptible to malaria than Africans, especially West Africans. Tuberculosis hits people of indigenous American ancestry the hardest and European-ancestry people are more resistant than others. A lot of this is related to how long a disease has been hanging around different places.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Lack of mass education and corrupted government, also the difficult of the people of settling their tribe grievances in a civilized way.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A country is no better than the people that live in it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    it probably is the best the continent can do since Arabia, Europe, and just about every other country in the world has contributed to the rape of Africa and it's resources for centuries. whether it was from slavery or just plain stealing. and South Africa is not the only successful country in Africa. U are being ignorant.

    • Steve6 years agoReport

      Bullshit! If you take your blinkered, leftie, idiot head off and actually LOOK at the basic facts with your own eyes then you'd see that ******* are backward, immoral, often unpredictable and nearly always violent, their IQ is on average 35-40% LOWER than any other race, these are facts...

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  • 1 decade ago

    South Africa was prosperous until it went PC.

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