The paradox behind the widespread marginalisation in ASS is that “African nations arepoor because they are rich? Martin Khor, (1995). Contentiously, the inter-play of power politics amongst the capitalist North to secure Africa’s wealth and resources are seen asthe major determinants of Africa’s sustained economic stagnation. Adams, (1993).Analysts agree that colonialism and imperialism culminating in the partition of Africa wasprimarily underpinned by economic motives to exploit and extract Africa’s resources tosustain European industrial revolution. Nicholson, (1998, p. 71);
Soros, (1999). The accompanying slave trade that depleted Africa of her virile andactive population also inflicted a debilitating blow to Africa’s political and economicaspirations. Needless to emphasise that Africa’s current powerlessness and economicvulnerability could be directly attributed to the ramifications of the slave trade.Nicholson, (1998, p. 69). Nevertheless, opinions are polarised on whether the legacy of the enduring northern-favoured economic policies are still underpinned by the samemotives that informed colonialism and imperialism. With primary focus on globalisation;the pandemic phenomenon that is controlling societies the world over, I will examine thepros and cons of these opinions. As with most concepts, the initial premise is that,whatever opinions that is projected by any school of thoughts, is a factor of their vestedinterest and cultural background.