Africa Is Largely Influenced by Foreign Culture Especially Western Culture. Has Africa Now Sacrificed Her Own Culture on the Altar of Expediency?

19 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2015

Date Written: May 15, 2015

Abstract

After many years of political independence in most African nations, claims that Africa should depend on imported economic development models for it develop leaves much be desired. It appears for Zambia the imported economic models have brought misery and poverty for most citizens. The models have given advantage to the west at the expediency of developing countries in terms of impetus for economic growth in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In addition, globalization process is a major trend both now and in the future as it spans opportunities and risks in many countries. The debate has gained space in Zambia as we can see consumption patterns, life styles and culture evolving over time in the livelihoods of the people. Not surprisingly, therefore, the poorest countries are faced with great difficulties in upholding their cultural identities as their heritage has so far been undermined by the western cultural identity.

Although it could be disputed that western values are superior to non-western values because no culture is superior to another, it is a known fact that their creativity, disciplined political leadership and strong democratic institutions contributed significantly to their development. Therefore, no culture is superior to another culture development wise. What matters most is the ability of the people of any nation to transform their culture to trigger off development in order to meet their immediate and future needs. But that is not to say that the developing countries did not contribute to such development. It is evident that the rich natural resources of Zambia not only contributed, but also sustained, and have continued to sustain development in the industrialized countries.

Suggested Citation

Chulu, Jimmy, Africa Is Largely Influenced by Foreign Culture Especially Western Culture. Has Africa Now Sacrificed Her Own Culture on the Altar of Expediency? (May 15, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2671784 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2671784

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