From one map to another


From one map to another

I do not have the right to let myself be dragged in
by the determinations of the past.

The maps represent the two states of the African world one during colonisation (before 1914), the other after all the countries have obtained independence.

One like the other illustrates far better the eventful history of the rivalry between European nations than the demographic and geographic relations of Africa.

The modern day map of African countries, just like the wall hanging of the twelve kings of Danxomé has become a classic for contemporary wall hanging craftsmen of Benin. It attracts tourists. Even if the motley colour palette does suggest the real diversity of Africa as a continent, one must not forget that this artificial slicing is, even today, a source of conflict, sometimes dramatic as in Congo, Rwanda or Liberia.



,,,/ extract chapter 11 © W. A. W