Colonialism and Africa’s Future Paths

George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 23-24

Chapter 1 in DISRUPTING AFRICA (Cambridge University Press 2023)

8 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2023

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Olufunmilayo Arewa

Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University

Date Written: November 8, 2023

Abstract

This introductory chapter examines and provides an overview of the past, present, and future paths of Nigeria and other African countries, in relationship to digital technologies and through the lens of disruption (and disruptive innovation), including the 2020 #EndSARS protests. The chapter, which outlines the overall book, also discusses the key themes of Africa’s digital-era with their existing laws and institutions that were constructed under colonial rule. Due to the frameworks that have been established during and after colonialism, much of the law-making process continues to impact how digital technologies are being created, implemented, and regulated in the 21st century. It is important to examine, challenge, and disrupt the past patterns of these external relationships, external and internal networks, as well as external models that derived from those European powers.

Keywords: digital technologies, digital disruption, disruptive innovation, #EndSARS protest, Africa, Nigeria

JEL Classification: K10, K20, K30, O10, O53, O55, P36

Suggested Citation

Arewa, Olufunmilayo, Colonialism and Africa’s Future Paths (November 8, 2023). George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 23-24, Chapter 1 in DISRUPTING AFRICA (Cambridge University Press 2023) , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4619338

Olufunmilayo Arewa (Contact Author)

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