Sooner had Africa gained her independence than her so called leaders taken upon themselves the toga of ‘messiahs’, gallivanting around with egos too big even for their own shoulders.
So called Nationalists who only benefitted from decade old struggles immediately became ‘Father(s) of the Nation(s)’ while speedily relegating to the background and obscurity, the real ’emancipators’ who died in and for the struggle.
They soon isolated themselves from those they claimed to have liberated while doing all within their power to establish and perpetuate themselves, kin and kind in power and positions of authority.
It came to only to a few people as a suprise when governments began to be toppled all over Africa soon after independence as the people quickly saw through their charade and the significant loss of confidence in their rule(s).
Unfortunately, those that took over from them citing patriotic fervour in most cases ended up even worse than them, while those who took a different and more lofty paths like Captain Thomas Sankara were gunned down in their prime.
We now have rule by despots, democratic dictatorships and the likes across most of Africa, and it would appear that the masses have not fared any better than they had under colonial rule.