Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2014, Page: 1-6
Slavery, Slave Trade and Reparation Movement in Africa
Tunji Omotoso, Department of History, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, (formerly, Oyo State College of Education), Lanlate, Oyo State, Nigeria
Received: Jan. 16, 2014;       Published: Feb. 20, 2014
DOI: 10.11648/j.history.20140201.11      View  2948      Downloads  218
Abstract
Slavery and slave trade, no doubt contributed to the underdevelopment of Africa. It was a phenomenon which demeaned Blackman’s dignity and laid the foundation of racial inequality between Whiteman and black-skinned man. Slave trade aided the growth and development of the slave-holding nations and retarded the growth and development of Africa. Many scholars have challenged the relationship between Africa and the outside world, which according to them, altered the rate at which Africa’s development was growing prior to slave trade, hence, the calls for reparations as a form of restitution for the injustice perpetrated by Christian Europe and Muslim Arabs who were beneficiaries of slave trade. This paper therefore examines slavery and slave trade with their effects on Africa and includes Arab World as co-culprit with Europe and therefore liable to pay reparations alongside with Europe to Africa. The work carefully examines reparation’s Movements in Africa together with the arguments of anti-reparation advocates. Also, the paper take a review of examples of reparations paid in the past to victims of injustice which acted as a basis for several reparation calls in Africa in the 1990s. The work concludes by making suggestions on how best reparation idea should be championed which according to the writer, is a ‘just course’ that must be pursued to a logical conclusion.
Keywords
Africa, Slavery, Reparation, Underdevelopment
To cite this article
Tunji Omotoso, Slavery, Slave Trade and Reparation Movement in Africa, History Research. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2014, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.11648/j.history.20140201.11
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