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Africa Non Western Culture Essay

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Africa-Non Western Culture
Unit 4 Individual Project
LaToya Marible
February 3, 2013

The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the non western culture that Africa had to endure in the end of the 19th century. This paper explains what the “loss of centeredness” means. After reading this paper you would understand how the Africans during this time dealt with situations that took place. You also will learn about the big changes that were going on during this time as well.

Africa-Non Western Culture
The country that chose to focus on is Africa. When the Europeans started the colonization process there was so many changes in the world and the ...view middle of the document...

They are known as the Igbo, and are one of the largest ethnic groups in West Africa. Before the arrival of the Europeans, the Igbo had a very successful and prosperous way of life. This touches on another important point when discussing European colonization in Africa.
Although there were many different countries present at the Berlin Conference, it was Britain and France that came away in the end with the most control. I am not sure of what your own personal knowledge of the continent is, but in most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa today, the majority of the people speak either English or French (in addition to their local languages and dialects, and more specifically those who are formally educated). This is because of colonization and is an example of a lasting change that occurred once the Europeans arrived.
Another important part of what Britain and France brought with them was their specific kind of rule. For the British, a form of rule known as indirect rule was used. For the French, it was direct. The indirect rule of the British may have seemed "easier to swallow" or more humane than the French direct rule, but the African leaders chosen by the Europeans were more of a figure head than anyone who had any clout or power. It is here that you will be able to connect how life was different for the Igbo of Nigeria before and after the arrival of the Europeans. It is also important to remember the role of Christianity at this point in time as well. With the spread of Christianity came the responsibility of its followers to spread their beliefs, something known as proselytizing. Along with the formal schools that would educate the people in English and French were the arrival of the Western religion and all its negative perspectives of traditional religious practices like Animism, which was...

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