best steel in the world of the time, and certainly equal to or even better than the steel 334produced in early modern Europe.During the contact of European with the African continent that relationship between these two continents ordinarily was meant to be that of trade. But the European trade merchant rather than continue in mere trade realized it was economically advantageous for them for Africans to rather work and slave in their plantations than coming to buy raw materials in Africa hence the idea to trade in slavery of the economy of the west. According to Obi Oguejiofor: The effect of slavery in African societies was thus not limited to visible factors even of greater consequences are the invincible political and social effects. The millions of people carted away meant a drastic reduction of the productive capacity, especially when those sought after were those at the bloom of their lives. Wars aimed at gathering slaves and other raids meant serious rupture of economic and social 5life.The above position revealed the factors that contributed to the growth of Western societies through the movement of labour from Africa continent to Europe. By this, slave trading aided in the industrialization of the west, and sent Africa further down into 6the valley of underdevelopment. Before the Europeans came to the west coast, Africa continent was comparable, at least in part to Europe. For instance, the first Dutch visitor to Benin described the kingdom in terms that could apply to some well known European cities even though it would be preposterous to imagine that all things were equal in Benin thand European cities. In the 18century, the technological gap between Africa and Augustine E Iyare: African Cultural Authenticity and Development in the Context of an Emerging Global Culture
Europe had become enormous. The industrial revolution that had taken place-in England changed the world's production 7process for good.In spite of the industrial revolution in Europe, most of the European countries still saw the continent of Africa as a viable source for raw materials acceded to meet the demands of industrial Europe, hence to continue in this trade, the entire continent was shared among the European countries for economic reason. This ushered in the introduction of colonial rule. Apart from the distortion of Africa continent by exportation of her manpower through the activities of slavery, the colonial rule brought further destruction of the social political and cultural life of the Africans. Obi Ogugiorfor also observes this in the works of George Ayittey. According to him:The people of Africa have been brutally traumatized. European colonizer denigrated them for centuries as “subhuman" and denied them recognition of any meaningful intellectual, culture and historical a c c o m p l i s h m e n t s o r experience...Allegedly (African) people had no history, no culture, no civilization and nothing of value to contribute to the creation of 8humanbeings.