Erik Prince, the former US Navy officer and founder of Blackwater, a prominent American private military company, has stirred controversy with his recent comments suggesting that African nations should be recolonized due to perceived corruption and mismanagement by their leaders. Prince’s remarks were captured in a brief clip shared on X by ‘Africa Facts Zone,’ where he argued that if African countries struggle with self-governance, it may be time for them to undergo foreign intervention once again.
In the clip, Prince expressed his belief that African leaders prioritize personal gain over the well-being of their citizens, leading to governance challenges. He asserted that if incapable leaders persist, it may be justified to reintroduce foreign governance, stating, “It is time for us to just put the imperial hat back on to say we are going to govern those countries if you are incapable of governing yourself because enough is enough.”
When questioned if he was advocating for colonialism, Prince responded affirmatively, stating, “Absolutely, yes.”
The suggestion for recolonization comes against the backdrop of historical European colonization of African territories during the 19th and 20th centuries. However, it contradicts the principles outlined in the 1960 United Nations Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, which emphasized the right of all people to self-determination and called for the swift end to colonialism in all its forms.
Prince’s comments have sparked debate and condemnation, with many questioning the ethical implications and feasibility of such a proposal in the modern era.