By Sam Mbah
African Anarchism covers a variety of subject matters, together with anarchistic components in conventional African socieites, African communalism, Africa's financial and political improvement, the lintering social, political, and monetary results of colonialism, the improvement of "African socialism, the failure of "African socialism, and a potential technique of resolving Africa's ongoing crises.
African Anarchism covers quite a lot of themes, together with anarchistic components in conventional African socieites, African communalism, Africa's monetary and political improvement, the lintering social, political, and monetary results of colonialism, the advance of "African socialism, the failure of "African socialism, and a potential technique of resolving Africa's ongoing crises.
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They are but a recent phenomenon and are, therefore, not inevitable in human society. While some "anarchic" features of traditional African societies existed largely in past stages of development, some of them persist and remain pronounced to this day. What this means is that the ideals underlying anarchism may not be so new in the African context. What is new is the concept of anarchism as a social movement or ideology. Anarchy as an abstraction may indeed be remote to Africans, but it is not at all unknown as a way of life.
AFRICAN ANARCHISM: THE HISTORY OF A MOVEMENT • 37 THE NIGER DELTA PEOPLES The peoples of the Niger Delta can be divided into Ibibios, ljaws, Urhobos, etc. Slave trade was rife in this area in the 17th and 18th centuries. The people were mostly traders and farmers. The basis of political cum social organization in this area was very small units, referred to as the "house" system, complete with extended families, age grades and secret societies. The latter played an important role among the Ibibios particularly, where control of political institutions was in the hands of members of the secret societies rather than lineage groups, as was the case in Igboland.
30 The dependent character of the local bourgeoisie restricts its members to servicing foreign capital or to competing among themselves for the limited resources available in the neo-colonial setting. This competition tends to take the form of a zero-sum game, modified by an arrangement in which the competitors define themselves in ethnic and religious terms--each seeking to protect his own interests. The crux of our analysis is that the process of class formation in post-colonial Mrica looks haphazard and incomplete: it took place only in the commercial and distributive sectors of the various economies, while the agricultural and industrial sectors were left out.