Written Work by Graham T. Baden
Our History Books would tell us that the Great War and its angry step-son WWII were fought on European soil and ultimately won by heroic Americans who joined the fight and saved the day. In many cases, this is a very narrow version of the truth. In both wars, for example, Africans were conscripted (sometimes violently) from the colonial world and forced to fight a white man’s war, yet offered nothing in return.
Consider this scenario:
Young African men were conscripted in Nigeria, sent off to Burma, to fight the Japanese, to defend India… for British economic interests.
We need to relearn what we know about Africa’s involvement in twentieth-century world affairs.