African Independence from French Expats Lome, Togo West Africa May 19, 2007
As I travel around in Africa, I slowly drift in and out of what I call Expat Colonies. Expat colonies are located all over the planet and for many reasons. Togo has an older French man Colony, a remnant of colonization. The Bahamas, Caribbean, Costa Rica and Panama are full of Americans hiding money. Thailand and Cambodia are Boom Boom Colonies, while Hong Kong and Singapore are the Import - Export to China colonies, the back door to China. There are many of these Expat Colonies on the planet that the reasons are fun to learn.
HOW OLD IS THE TOGO FRENCH EXPAT COLONY?
32 African Countries became Independent between the years of 1960-1970, it was the decade of Independence for Africa from their both their benefactors and their transgressors.
It is narrow minded, damaging, and just plain stupid to think that Colonization of the planet was all bad. In my opinion, it was about 60 percent good and 40 percent bad, if you accept the premise that development is a good idea. Without the colonization of the planet, the world outside of Europe would be 100-200 years behind Europe today and not just the normal 50-70 years lag. I believe in the next 10 years this gap will be reduced to 0-25 years behind Europe, the USA needs left out of this, because of insulated reason, and probably so does Australia and New Zealand, both are colonies that maybe are ahead of Europe, more likely you could say, they did not bring their dirty laundry with them to the new countries, and started Europe over, however on a clean piece of land, but in the USA, Aussie and with not Dictators, a.k.a Kings.
French Sphere of Influence
What happens is this, you have a mess in Africa, many Races, Ethnics, Kingdoms, and Religions and a few businesses like Rhodes who fought, and continue to fight for control of Africa. Most have rather decide, I do not want a welfare child, so I am washing my hands and leaving.
French have held out, the control the banks, and the right to own land in their former colonies. The have their hands up the skirts of Africa, still playing.
THE MATH OF AGE 1960 - If a French Administrators in one of the 32 colonies was of the age of 35 in the year 1960 or the mode year of independence. This person would now be in the year 2007, the age of 82
Depending on the age of the French people living in Africa in the 1960s, they would now be between the ages of 67-82.
Africa is easy to fall in love with, and never want to leave, so the did not leave, or they came back.
If you walked into some of the Frenchie Hotels in Togo, Cote d Ivoire, Niger, or Burkina Faso, Senegal, etc, I suspect you would find a group of men between the ages of 67 and 82 sitting on the corner of the bar. mixed with a few Germans, Dutch, and on more rare occasions the Brits. An American or Australian is hard to find, but some in the British Colonies.
This Expat Colonies of Africa and their Sphere of Influence will all be dead by the year 2020.
It appears to me from 2007 to the year 2020 there is an unbelievable opportunity for the Chinese, Europeans and Americans to be tourist, then investors, first comes tourist, and then comes investments. The colony converted to long-term investment methods of Singapore and Hong Kong just did not work so well in Africa.
I would guess it would be Tourist converted to investor that will leave the next 50-100 years of Africa.
Sort of the Caribbean, Costa Rica methodology, a person goes on Vacation and returns later to start a business.
This is all fun and speculation, but it seems to me, that between today and 2020, Africa is the land of opportunity, as the young French have wiped their hands of Africa.
There are major Ethnic groups
AFRICAN KINGDOMS Ashanti Kingdom Kingdom of Dahomey Ethiopia Ancient Liberia
EUROPEAN KINGDOMS IN AFRICA Britain Italy France Belgium German Dutch Dutch Kingdom
ETHIC KINGDOM Dogon Bambara Senufo Mandinka Mende Baule Akan Fon Yoruba Fulani Igbo Nok Hausa
RELIGIOUS KINGDOMS Christian Islamic
COUNTRY DATE OF INDEPENDENCE COLONIAL POWER
BEFORE 1970 - 8 Colonies became Impendent
Ethiopia Ancient Liberia July 26, 1847 South Africa May 31, 1910 Britain Egypt February 2, 1922 Britain Libya December 24, 1951 Italy Sudan January 1, 1956 Britain; Egypt Morocco March 2, 1956 France Tunisia March 20, 1956 France Ghana March 6, 1957 Britain Guinea February 10, 1958 France
1960-1970 - 32 Colonies became Impendent
Cameroon January 1, 1960 France Togo April 27, 1960 France Senegal June 20, 1960 France Mali June 20, 1960 France Madagascar June 26, 1960 France Congo, Democratic Republic of the June 30, 1960 Belgium Somalia July 1, 1960 Italy; Britain Benin August 1, 1960 France Niger August 3, 1960 France Burkina Faso August 5, 1960 France Côte d'Ivoire August 7, 1960 France Chad August 11, 1960 France Central African Republic August 13, 1960 France Congo, Republic of the August 15, 1960 France Gabon August 17, 1960 France Nigeria October 1, 1960 Britain Mauritania November 28, 1960 France Sierra Leone April 24, 1961 Britain Tanzania September 12, 1961 Britain Burundi July 1, 1962 Belgium Rwanda July 1, 1962 Belgium Algeria July 3, 1962 France Uganda October 9, 1962 Britain Kenya December 12, 1963 Britain Malawi July 6, 1964 Britain Zambia October 25, 1964 Britain The Gambia February 18, 1965 Britain Botswana September 30, 1966 Britain Lesotho October 4, 1966 Britain Mauritius March 12, 1968 Britain Swaziland September 6, 1968 Britain Equatorial Guinea October 12, 1968 Spain
1970 until 2000 - 11 Colonies became Impendent
Guinea-Bissau September 10, 1974 Portugal Mozambique June 25, 1975 Portugal Cape Verde July 5, 1975 Portugal Comoros July 6, 1975 France São Tomé and Príncipe July 12, 1975 Portugal Angola November 11, 1975 Portugal Seychelles June 26, 1976 Britain Djibouti June 27, 1977 France Zimbabwe April 18, 1980 Britain Namibia March 21, 1990 South Africa Eritrea May 24, 1993 Ethiopia
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