Scramble for Africa Continues

The ongoing economic and political exploitation of the African continent

By Vistra Greenaway-Harvey

9th December 2016



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The accurately termed ‘scramble’ for Africa was incredibly disorganised. Throughout the 19th century, European powers moved clumsily to take control of Africa, forging great empires with little pre-planning or prudence (Evans, 2011). The Berlin conference of 1884-1885 is often seen to be the beginning of the scramble, but in actuality, the race for Africa has its roots in the decline of the Ottoman Empire from 1830. This essay does seek to argue that Berlin merely hastened pre-existing colonialism efforts and build upon Kwame Nkrumah’s definition of ‘neo-colonialism’ to demonstrate that this particular ‘scramble’ continues (Nkrumah, 1974).

About Author

Vistra Greenaway-Harvey is an academic copywriter and legal researcher. As well as African commentary, she drafts consultations and legal submissions for local councils and Fortune 500 companies.