African History

Start Your Free Trial

What challenges did Africans face when they gained independence from colonial rule?

Expert Answers info

thetall eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2014

write1,737 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Business

African countries encountered a myriad of challenges after gaining their independence because of the changes made by the colonialists during the colonial period. African countries were initially organized administratively along communities, and each community had its own form of governance. Entry of the colonialists created territorial boundaries as determined by the origin of the colonialists given they were from different European countries.

African communities were effectively divided to serve these new territorial interests. After the exit of the colonialists, these communities were left disillusioned as to how the new system of governance and territorial boundaries would work. The situation resulted in conflicts among some of the...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 503 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

brettd eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write4,576 answers

starTop subjects are History, Social Sciences, and Literature

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

pohnpei397 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write35,413 answers

starTop subjects are History, Literature, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial


kudzayi | Student

A major problem that African countries faced after independence was that of neo-colonialism. the former colonizers attempted to keep an indirect control by using "convinient patners" to undermine the native Africans' independence of thought and action.