Episode 10: Is Russia-Africa Summit Latest Attempt to ‘Rape’ Continent?

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo: @StateHouseKenya

In a bold speech to the 74th United Nations National Assembly in September, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said that, every year, Africa loses “more than $50 billion through illicit financial outflows.” If he’d stopped there, the president might have been guilty of using a euphemism to describe centuries of looting of Africa’s resources. But Akufo-Addo went farther and called it what it really is: He called on the nations of the world to collaborate “to stop this rape of Africa.”

Before those of us who have been bluntly describing the exploitation of Africa by outside powers as “rape” could finish applauding, Akufo-Addo and other African leaders were holding Mama Africa’s legs apart for yet another foreign power to potentially rape her. They were in the Kremlin for the inaugural Russia-Africa Summit.

But worry not. Russian President Vladimir Putin has assured us that he “will respect the principle of ‘African solutions to African problems’ proposed by the Africans themselves.”

In this episode we look at what implications warming up to Russia might have on the continent. “African solutions for African problems” is a cliche we’ve heard a billion times. We know what African problems are, but what are these “African solutions” that the goons running the continent keep talking about?