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By M. Houngnikpo

Matt Houngnikpo examines how household clash, monetary stagnation, political instability, poverty, and underdevelopment have plagued Africa for many years. He argues reversal of the political, monetary, and social plight of Africa lies in higher guidelines, solid governance, and, extra importantly, a brand new form of African chief and citizen.

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Unfortunately, African leaders show no dexterity in mastering international politics, displaying, instead, an astonishing naiveté. Conclusion After decades of independence, a glance at the continent reveals a land of degradation and humiliation and a betrayal of the sense of pride that came with decolonization. Now, this sense of pride has vanished, and Africans must account for decades of political, economic, and social failure. The last decade of the twentieth century opened up with a great deal of relief and hope.

Although the initial enthusiasm and euphoria about the A SYNOPSIS OF AFRICA’S PLIGHT 33 transition from authoritarianism or totalitarianism toward multiparty politics have now given way to more nuanced assessments, the hope is that the worst is over, and democracy will allow Africans to finally live their overdue dream of having a decent life. Given the millions of Africans still affected by dire poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, illnesses, and inadequate education, the cry for freedom from want should be much louder.

5 Whether it is due to the strong belief that democracies do not fight each other,6 or to a correlation between democracy and development,7 Western countries believe that spreading democracies might sometimes serve their interests. When the third wave of democratization8 sent ripples to every corner of the planet, there was a sense that “democratic peace”9 could finally take hold. Although neorealists dispute the Kantian proposition, arguing that the evidence is not compelling, Western nations have embarked on democracy promotion worldwide based, in part, on the belief that democracies do not fight one another.

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