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Neo Colonialism in the CongoColonial powers have always been able to justify the exploitation of Africa through the notion of 'interdependence.' What this means is that colonial powers require African natural resources, while Africa has always needed colonial investment and other financial resources in order to develop and grow. It is through this supposed interdependence that to justify completely taking control of the African continent (Martin 1982: 223). While formal colonialism has come to an end, what has risen from it is what is known as 'neo-colonialism.' Kwame Nkrumah, former Ghanaian president is an instrumental figure in defining the concept of neo-colonialism. He believes neo-colonialism is where a theoretically independent and sovereign state has its political and economic affairs externally controlled to serve the interests of the controlling party. He believes that it "imperialism it's final and perhaps it's most dangerous stage" (Nkrumah 2012 [1965]: 158) because of the fact that the neo-colonial powers have no social responsibility to the people of the citizens of the controlled state. Chikowore (2002: 43) agrees with this notion, adding that a cultural and economic dependence is created, so as to keep the oppressed nation in that state. Both scholars agree that there is exploitation of the people without the neo-colonial power having to show any social responsibility (Nkrumah 2012 [1965]: 158 and Chikowore (2002: 43). Martin (1982:227) believes that the co

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