the movement encouraged Africans to value their heritage, and it strengthened Pan Africanism.
where the government owns and operates major businesses and controls other parts of the economy.
to build national unity, some african leaders set this up. they believed that competing political parties created divisions in society.
in some african nations, the military has stepped in to restore order and get rid of corrupt leaders. military rulers often use harsh measures to stay in power.
stability and progress
after independence, countries that had stable governments made the most economic progress.
some african nations set up socialist governments. many africans felt that the state should direct the economy to meet the basic needs of food, housing, and health care. they also saw socialism as a way to end special privileges and bring about equality.
today, most african nations have this. the governments exercise control over many aspects of business, but they also encourage private investment.
although most africans are subsistence farmers, government programs focus on cash crops for export. governments also have kept prices for food crops low. this policy helps poorly paid city workers to buy food. farmers suffer low prices.
a major goal of african nations is reducing economic dependence. because they rely heavily on the export of a single crop or commodity, they are at the mercy of world market prices.
people who don't have money to buy the goods shown in stores or to see the movies advertised on billboards live here.
western culture and western technology which are everywhere in the cities. the western culture glorifies individual desires and material goods at the expense of the community.
attachment to one's own ethnic group, and regional loyalties play an important role in shaping Nigeria today.
religious, economic, and ethnic divisions flared after independence. these divisions led to a tragic civil war.
civilian and military rule
after independence the government moved back and forth between civilian and military rule. At times, the military won support by promising to end corruption and mismanagement. Yet military rulers were caught in corruption.
industry and agriculture
the nigerian government owns many key industries. nigerians are also concerned that they depend too much on oil revenues. Nigeria has tried to diversify its economy.
when the UN called on member nations to stop trading with Rhodesia. although the sanctions hurt the economy, the minority government clung to power.