1st Edition

Africa and the Global System of Capital Accumulation

Edited By Emmanuel O Oritsejafor, Allan D. Cooper Copyright 2021
    294 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    294 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Africa and the Global System of Capital Accumulation offers a groundbreaking analysis of the strategic role Africa plays in the global capitalist economy.  

    The exploitation of Africa’s rich resources, as well as its labor, make it possible for major world powers to sustain their authority over their own middle-class populations while rewarding African collaborators in leadership positions for subjecting their populations into poverty and desperation. Middle-class obsessions such as computers, mobile phones, cars and the petroleum that fuels them, diamonds, chocolate – all of these products require African resources that are typically obtained by child or slave labor that helps to generate billionaires out of foreign investors while impoverishing most Africans. Oritsejafor and Cooper demonstrate that "primitive accumulation," believed by both Adam Smith and Karl Marx to be a process that precedes capitalism, is actually an integral part of capitalism.  They also validate the thesis that capitalism incorporates racism as an organizing tool for the exploitation of labor in Africa and on a global scale. Case studies are presented on Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Congo, Tanzania, Somalia, Angola, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, and South Sudan. There are also chapters analyzing the interests of Russia and China in Africa. 

    This book will be of interest to students and scholars of African politics, development, and economics. 

    Africa: A political map

    Lists of figures

    List of tables

    List of contributors


    1. The Role of Primitive Accumulation and Racism in Capitalist Systems

    Allan D. Cooper and Emmanuel O. Oritsejafor

    2. Cocoa in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana: Chocolate and Neoliberal Capitalism

    T. Y. Okosun

    3. Capital Accumulation in Liberia’s Rubber and Iron Ore Sectors 

    George Klay Kieh, Jr.

    4. The Congo Paradox: Accumulation Crisis and Resilience in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Musifiky Mwanasali

    5. From Unfree Labor to Neo-Colonial Extraction in Sao Tome and Principe

    Andrew Ikeh Emmanuel Ewoh

    6. Russia’s Return to Africa: Much ado but about what? 

    Radoslav A. Yordanov

    7. Diamonds in Africa and the Continuing Cold War: A Case Study of Building a Capitalist Ruling Class in Namibia 

    Allan D. Cooper

    8. Profiting from the Conflict in Mogadishu: Capital Accumulation in the Failed State of Somalia

    Mohamed Haji Ingiriis

    9. Benefiting a Few: Oil Rents in South Sudan 

    Brian Adeba

    10. Angola’s Transition From War to Economic Powerhouse 

    Victor Ojakorotu

    11. Capitalism and Africa’s (Infra)Structural Dependency: A Story of Spatial Fixes and Accumulation by Dispossession 

    Tim Zajontz and Ian Taylor

    12. Wealth Accumulation and the Nigerian Billionaire Club: The Case of Aliko Dangote 

    Emmanuel O. Oritsejafor

    13. Tanzania Can Feed Africa: Potentials and Challenges

    Kitojo Kagome Wetengere

    14. Conclusion: Odious Debts of the African Capitalist State

    Allan D. Cooper and Emmanuel O. Oritsejafor



    Emmanuel O. Oritsejafor is Chair of the Political Science Program at North Carolina Central University, USA.

    Allan D. Cooper is Professor of Political Science at North Carolina Central University, USA.