"OK, you're treading on thin ice here mate... and once again displaying your US-centred ignorance. The real reason Africa is the mess it is today is because it was exploited for over a century by European colonialist powers, who left a legacy of poverty, dependence and in-fighting. I'm not saying that is the root of all the problems we are seeing, but it sure accounts for much of the status quo. Did you know, before the Europeans arrived in Africa there were already advanced civilizations there, such as the Benin, Zulu, and of course Ethiopia."
I've never claimed to be an American, you're assuming; why don't you just ask (then you can be more certain in your attacks on me based on my nationality)?
I didn't say how most African nations ended up in a mess (i.e. what lead to their current situations), or deny that European powers wreaked havoc on the continent, which it has not recovered from (thus my statements on Africa were not ignorant, as I did not state what you apparently think I did). I said most are in a mess because they do not protect individual rights, which is true; individual rights are a prerequisite to freedom, and the most important individual rights are property rights, which is something that most African nations lack. The protection of individual rights (and therefore the establishment of freedom) are the necessary means for African nations to fix their bleak situations. Colonialism ended in Africa for the most part decades ago, individual rights have gone unprotected in the vast majority of African nations since then, and no coincidence, conditions have not improved in such nations.
My exact statement was:
"because few (if any?) countries in Africa have ever had protected individual rights, specifically property rights"
This is true. Without individual rights, Africa will remain in shambles.