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The Imperialist Footprint: Kenya

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Alicia Mullen

on 28 May 2014

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Transcript of The Imperialist Footprint: Kenya

Wealth of Kenya
Despite not having rich mineral deposits, Kenya still had a lot to offer her mother country in the form of fertile land. The English turned Kenya into a gargantuan coffee plantation, making quite the profit.
Ethnic conflict in Kenya
When the Berlin Conference met to divide Africa, they seemed to forget Africa was already divided. Sure, there were no large countries, but there were many different tribes and ethnicities. Not even the wrath of the British Government could unify these very different peoples, and ethnicity still remains a huge problem in modern Kenya, where men of the government kill each other over tribesmenship.
Fight for the Colony
Since the 1500’s, white men have been colonizing Kenya; starting with Portugal, and then Germany, before it was finally handed to Britain. The Brits officially announced the creation of the colony in 1920.
Mau Mau Vs. Kikuyu
Tribes immediately responded negatively to their white rulers, and when granted their independence in 1963, fought each other for power. The two most violent Kenyan activist groups where the Mau Mau and the Kikuyu. They were recognized as the fathers of independent Kenya, but they did not collaborate. They both worked in whatever way they could to gain power and control of the country of Kenya.
A Poor Decision
The Berlin Conference’s decision to group the Mau Mau and the Kikuyu into the same country has lead to genocide, as has happened in many other post colonial countries like Rwanda and Sudan.
The Imperialist Footprint: Kenya
Modern Activists
The ethnic violence continues into modern day Kenya, showing up in the actions of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto, a Kikuyu and a Mau Mau. “The two men stand accused of pitting their communities against each other in campaigns of ethnic cleansing and murder in early 2008 that left a good 1,300 people dead” (“It’s Show Time; Kenya And The International Court.” The Economist ).
The North South Divide
Kenya and many of the other post imperialist countries remain to this day in poverty, and struggling with political instability. This has created a "North/South"divide in wealth. Most countries below the equator (Oceania being an exception) are lesser developed countries.
President Uhuru
Mau Mau gang
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