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From 50 Years Ago: Africa on The March.

Editorial from Volume  XII, No 27, July 2, 1960.

THE year 1960 will go down in history as the Africa Year. African nationalism has been fight-ing long and bitter battles in what was once known as the Dark Continent; but it is this more than any other year which has been gathering the victories. How different the Africa of today is from the Africa of even two years ago can be seen from the vast array of independent African delegations assembled over the past two weeks in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. They represented the emergence of a new force, an altogether new factor, in the politics of the world; and they seemed eager that the world should rapidly grow conscious of that fact. Two years from today – when the French territories of Equatorial Africa, Mauritania and the Ivory Coast will have followed M alagasy and Mali into independence, and when the influence of South Africa will have grown weak and uncertain under the impact of black African emergence everywhere – President de Gaulle will not be able to explode his atomic devices in the Sahara with the same impunity as at present. The soil of Africa will not be as unquestioningly available for the establishment of B ritish or Portuguese bases as now. Africa will not be merely the backyard of international politics; it will have something to say for itself – and what it says would not be lightly treated.

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