The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence
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An epic biography of postcolonial Africa illuminates its current devastating problems. What happened to this vast continent, so rich in resources and history, to bring it so close to destitution and despair in the span of two generations?
across the street from a large outdoor market packed with traders and shoppers. As hundreds looked on, his body was castrated, dismembered and eaten. Witnessing these events, Agbabiaka wrote:Quiwonkpa’s body was chopped up into bits in a macabre cannibalistic ritual by some of Doe’s soldiers who, astonishingly in these modern times, still believed that by eating bits of a great warrior’s body, some of that greatness would come to them. The heart, of course, was the prize delicacy . . .
the MPLA gained 53.7 per cent, taking 129 seats, compared with Unita’s 34.1 per cent, with 70 seats. Anstee gave the results her imprimatur, declaring that despite the ‘deficiencies’, the UN mission considered the elections had been ‘generally free and fair’. An analysis of the results showed that the MPLA had swept the board in its Mbundu ‘home territory’, winning 81 per cent of the presidential vote and 85 per cent of the parliamentary vote in Luanda and the surrounding provinces of Bengo,
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ventured into Angola, preferring a comfortable emigré lifestyle in Léopoldville where he had extensive business interests. In 1962 the UPA changed its name to the Frente Nacionale de Libertação de Angola (FNLA). Support was forthcoming from Tunisia and the Algerians. The Americans, too, showed an interest. Under the Kennedy administration, US officials took a sympathetic view of African nationalism and sought out nationalist leaders free from communist association. Roberto’s group was cleared by