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Alex GearyMrs. DearbornDecember 21, 2016It’s no surprise to anyone that life sucked for Africans when they were colonies owned byEuropeans. Europeans didn’t care about natives’ well-being, all they cared about was making money. European countries took away Africans’ rights and prevented them from having a say in government. They robbed Africa of its vast riches and inflicted unimaginable suffering on the African people. Most African colonies gained independence during the 1960s. African life didn’t improve that much after independence. Independence degraded life for Africans because they were uneducated, oppressed, and participated in tribalism.A lack of education degraded life in Africa because they did not know how to self govern.When they were under colonial rule, Europeans were able to set up stable governments (Which, of course, the native people couldn’t participate in). When these African colonies became independent, there weren’t any Europeans there to help them. African countries such as Tanzania struggled to survive. According to a 1997 speech by Julius Nyerere, former Head of State to Tanzania, “at independence less than 50 percent of Tanzania’s children went to school- and then only four years or less… 85 percent of adults were illiterate in any language” (Document 4). Independence was clearly detrimental for the country of Tanzania because they couldn’t move forward. They were simply too uneducated and didn’t know how to change. The country only had 2 African engineers, 12 Doctors, and perhaps 30 Arts graduates, which clearly isn’t enough.

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