TAMADA Yoshiyuki, Africa and its Descendants 2 Neo-colonail Stage (Yokohama: Mondo Bokks, 1998）
Since the equal relationship between Africans and Europeans was broken down by the slave trade and colonization process, the exploitation has continued even to this day by changing its forms. Now we are in the last stage:the neo-colonial phase. What we should remember here is that we are on theside of the robber and that some 'chosen’ Africans are in the similar position.
Many Japanese say how lucky we are to be living in such a rich and safe country. They seem satisfied with their 'peaceful’ situation with material abundance and convenience. However, we have to reevaluate our way of life and thinking, for our vanity is based partly on the sacrifice of the robbed, who are still suffering from poverty and racial conflicts. It’s time to reconsider our salf-image as reflected by Africa and world problems.
This is the second volume of the AFRICA TODAY series. This book depicts the neo-colonial phase in African history, as well as the music of African descendants. In the first chapter, the focus is on the mechanism and realities of neo-colonialism. In the second chapter, it deals with the neo-colonial scenes in two literary works by African writers : Alex La Guma’s Anda Threefold Cord and Gonzo H. Musengezi 's The Honourable MP. In the third Chapter, after discussions of the AIDS epidemic and Zaire’s turmoil , author add a brief account of his family’s short stay in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1992. In the final chapter,sprituals and gospel music by African Americans are examined ; some messages of their forefathers have been passed on to later generations in the form of music. African descendants are still singing their songs in their own styles.