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Africa's History of Instability

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Title

Africa's History of Instability

Subject

Africa -- History.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Henri Boyi, a Professor at University of Western Ontario. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library,
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

1999-07-26

Contributor

Boyi, Henri

Relation

G36-00034
Tape number: 4048H

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Africa.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Kennedy, Michael

Interviewee

Boyi, Henri

Transcription

That's a good question. I think I mentioned something about it myself earlier. It's a tough question, and it's really--it has bothered my mind for quite a few years now. Africa is, in general, in terms of world economics, Africa is poor. Africa is very, very dependent. Africa had--historically had to change its traditions and values into what is known as modern life and modern values: modern meaning pro-European or European or Western values. The fact that our traditional values throughout the continent, African traditional values--human values, social and cultural values--were destroyed, some by colonization and then later by those who replaced the colonizers, make us really behave as if the human life, again, has no value. The respect that we had traditionally for human lives, for the other person, for the poor, for the stranger, even, has disappeared. The poverty that followed our trying to mimic the modern European economic life has developed that sense of conflict, that sense of really eliminating the other, to take his or her place. I mainly personally worry about that lack of humanity that we see, particularly among our leaders. When these horrific tragedies happen, our leaders don't do anything to stop it or to correct it, or to make sure that it doesn't happen again. It can happen everywhere. But there should be institutions that make sure that such tragedies, as it has been said elsewhere, would never happen again. But there is a lack--in general, there is a lack of leadership on the continent. It doesn't matter whether the leaders are military or civilians; it doesn't really matter. You have proofs that show that that's not the major problem. It doesn't matter whether the leaders are educated or not. Sometimes it's even worse when we educated people claim that we are the ones who should be the rulers.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

3:53

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Africa's History of Instability,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed July 17, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/490.

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