During the Scramble for Africa, so many things were going on in the world. But the thing that was most closely connected to the Scramble for Africa was the overall rise in international tensions and the desire of various countries for empire all over the world.
This was a time when various powerful countries were all trying to become bigger players on the world stage. Japan was in the midst of industrialization following the Meiji Restoration. It would fight and defeat both China and Russia during this time. The United States was becoming more imperialistic. Following the teachings of Alfred Thayer Mahan, it would start to spread its power to places like the Caribbean, Hawaii, and the Philippines.
In Europe, Germany was starting to push for its "place in the sun." Kaiser Wilhelm was dedicated to the idea of trying to create a fleet that would rival that of England. England, worried by this, was starting to create the Dreadnought class of battleships. All over the world, powerful countries were competing with one another to become more powerful. The Scramble for Africa was a part of this competition.