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By George B. N. Ayittey

George Ayittey's "Indigenous African associations" provides an in depth and convincing photo of pre-colonial and post-colonial Africa - its cultures, traditions, and indigenous associations, together with participatory democracy. Contrasting conventional African society with either colonial rule and the presently widely used one-man army dictatorship, Ayittey concludes that whereas colonialism used to be pernicious and brutal, it didn't absolutely smash local African associations and in many ways even contributed to their survival and regeneration. the trendy dictatorships less than African "elites", he argues, are both pernicious and brutal, and even perhaps extra bent at the wholesale destruction of African associations, squandering human assets and diverting international reduction cash to their very own Swiss financial institution debts.

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