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Chernoh Alpha M. Bah | Neocolonialism in West Africa
Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Chernoh Alpha M. Bah will introduce his new book, Neocolonialism in West Africa (iUniverse Inc, of Bloomington), a collection of essays and articles on current political developments in West Africa with specific emphasis on Sierra Leone and Guinea Conakry.
Bah is a journalist and political activist born in Sierra Leone, and currently the Chairman of the African Socialist Movement of Sierra Leone, a political movement committed to national liberation, self-determination and control of Africa’s resources. He is visiting the United States in March-April 2014 to present his book and speak with audiences about the struggle for socialism in West Africa.
NEOCOLONIALISM IN WEST AFRICA addresses fundamental questions around multinationals and modern imperialist exploitation of West Africa’s vast mineral and energy resources. It explains how capitalist corporations and western nations have been able to control the economy and resources of West Africa through rigged elections, civil wars and military coups in the region.
The book argues that the ongoing crisis and conflict situation in West Africa are attendant negative consequences of the continuing scramble for the immense resources on the continent. It presents the understanding that the transition from “direct colonial rule” to so-called “independence” was not a change in the colonial bureaucratic structure but a continuation of the exploitative arrangement of the European colonialist state.
Born in Sierra Leone in 1979, Bah is the leader of the African Socialist Movement, a revolutionary mass movement committed to the liberation and unification of Africa under an all-African socialist government. Educated at Sierra Leone’s Fourah Bay College, he holds degrees in African Studies, History and Sociology. A long term activist in West Africa, Chernoh Alpha M. Bah has remained the most consistent voice in the struggle for national democratic rights in Sierra Leone. In 2012, he was a parliamentary candidate contesting against the current government of Sierra Leone for a parliamentary position and came second in a questionable electioneering process. A journalist for over ten years in the region, he has participated in the struggle for democratic rule in his country and defended the rights of journalists and ordinary people across the region and beyond. In 2001, Comrade Chernoh Alpha M. Bah founded the Africanist Movement which organized thousands of West Africa’s youths into one of the most powerful revolutionary organizations in “post-colonial” West Africa fighting for African unity and control The Africanist Movement was transformed into the African Socialist Movement (ASM) in 2009 openly proclaiming a struggle for socialism in Sierra Leone. The ASM is today the leading voice of the workers and peasants struggle in Sierra Leone.