Sad but true Cass (and by the way, thanks for the compliment.).cassowary wrote: ↑Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:04 pm
Thanks for that interesting information, Neverfail. Your writings constantly delight and educate me in things I don't know.
From what you said, it looks like the different tribal groups were always fighting each other long before the Europeans came. They continued fighting even after they left. I think even if each tribe lived in separate countries, there still will be fighting but this time across international borders.
As another example: you may or may not recall the Biafra War in Nigeria 1967-72 which came about after the slaughter of members of the Idbo ethnic group throughout Muslim northern Nigeria. The (Christian-pagan) Idbo homeland in south eastern Nigeria succeeded and were then let down by the Yoruba - the other demographically large Christian-pagan ethnic group of the Nigeria coast-lands who apparently preferred to ingratiate itself to the Federal government (where the Islamic north had seized control of the agenda) than stand in solidarity with its fellow Christians further to the east. On the eve of that conflict a radio broadcast by northern Islamic nationalists boasted that the conflict was 'the resumption of our historic drive to the ocean'
A drive to the ocean that apparently the British had interrupted, put on hold, with their (1898 - 1962) period of colonial governance.
The British should never have granted independence to Nigeria in a single "lump" but should first have arguably split the Islamic north away from the Christian south and granted independence to the two separately. That way the south could have had a shot at subsequently making progress while the north could continue to wallow in its preferred forms of backwardness.
The African states have taken a tentative step in that direction with their Organisation for African Unity. But thus far the OAU has shown itself to have been something of a toothless tiger.cassowary wrote: ↑Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:04 pmThey have to take lessons from the Swiss. They have 4 different ethnic groups - French, German, Italian and Romansh. But they get along. In olden days, they had Cantons, which had a lot of autonomy. Maybe this will work for Africa. Create Cantons and a weak Federal Government.