Into Africa Always Something New


Antonia Gramsci
Western ideology

How to Cite

Chuter, D. . (2021). Into Africa Always Something New: AFRICOM and a History of Telling Africans What Their Problems are. African Strategic Review, 6(1). Retrieved from


Deploying AFRICOM to Africa is not a new phenomenon. AFRICOM is just one among the numerous institutions of the Western world repackaged to define Africa in the post-cold war period. The paper notes that though there is nothing unusual about this, unfortunately it has however, become one of the narratives that has remained unchallenged by Africans. Therefore, the paper sees this unfortunate situation in the light of persistent Western intellectual ideology, which Antonia Gramsci alluded to as hegemonic imposition of one group’s position on the other. This is how Africa has been, at the receiving end of Western ideology. A significant part of the paper traced the historical relations of Africa with the Western world, in which Africa has not benefited much from. The evidence for this lies in the fact that, for a century Africa’s problem has only been identified and analyzed by the world outside of the continent. Unconsciously, Africa has continued to accept and tolerate this without questioning the validity of the judgments made by the outside world. In this light, AFRICOM has become a medium used by the Western World to continue playing dominant role in building African security architecture in spite of the existing efforts which nevertheless were also consummated by Western world. To this end the paper attempts to provoke Africans to begin interrogating in serious term the perception of the West and its ability to impose its ideas, institutions and structures like AFRICOM on Africa’s security architecture.