Did Hitler Liberate Africa?
Was Germany`s Adolf Hitler the African Liberator?- O Marambanyika
Oh gosh the first African nation to gain independence was Ghana and it was in 1957. Which year did the world war II end? It was in 1945, so i read. “If Hitler had not caused Great Britain and France plus Portugal and others to commit so many men to the war, where would those men have been committed to? “. “Could it not have been a possibility that if there was no World war II, then Africa would still be a colony today? . Surely all the millions of mega fighters from the British and French empires would have been utilised to supress the liberation agenda in Africa”. Such were arguements i overhead whilst sitting in a commuter train from school. Who was saying this? I did not ask but their english sounded Frenchish. So is there a possibility that the evil spirit called Adolf Hitler might have aided African liberation by robbing Great Britain and France of the manpower to sustain further wars against African independence? I had never thought of such an angle despite being a historian on Africa and Europe. I still have not taken time to think about that. If the honourable editor thinks this is something worthy thinking, then i will consider hunting for possible arguements to defeat such a proposition. Why should such a proposition be defeated? Probably because no one aided Africa to be free, infact africa liberated itself and it was not Hitler or Germany. British pragmatism in negotiations might also recieve some credit for speeding up the liberation of africa. But is the Adolf Hitler arguement sensible?
By O Marambanyika,
Historian and Peace & Conflict Expert, University of Oslo,