Nairobi Government Road 1960
It has become fashionable to claim, as has been claimed here on a different thread today, that the current state of post Colonial Africa is in part due to the fact that the Africans inherited an inadequate infrastructure from their white Colonial masters. In this age of political correctness most people tend not to challenge this claims , and allow blatant lies to become an accepted, if somewhat foetid new reality. However, they remain blatant lies.
More scenes from Nairobi
When the British left Nairobi in the early 1960's it had an economy equal to that of South Korea and a modern fully functioning mid 20th Century infrastructure. You can click here to see images of the Nairobi which the Kenyan people inherited in 1963. What you can see is a thriving modern city equal to anything you would find in Europe at the time.
So different to what we see today.
Salisbury Rhodesia circa 1969
An even more dramatic example is Zimbabwe now an economic basket case but once the bread basket of Southern Africa, does the image above of Salisbury 1969 look any less prosperous than any equivalent city in modern Texas?
Another image of Salisbury in the 1960's
You can see some film of Salisbury under white rule by clicking here and here that is the city which Mugabe and his gang inherited just over a decade later.
As can be seen here he infrastructure extended beyond the main cities
Owen Falls Dam Jinja Kenya 1960
Owen Falls dam from the other side
Kilindini harbour 1959
Mombasa harbour 1955
A train arrives at Changanwe Southern Kenya 1960's
Kisumu by Lake Victoria before independence in 1963 was not unlike any rural US town of the period
An old Colonial Hospital
Mulago Hospital constructed 1961 shortly before independence
Makere University 1962
"Oppressed" pupils at the Kenyan Railways Training School in the 1950's (Kenyan National Archive)
Whatever, the cause of the state of modern Africa, it is not the fault of the infrastructure it inherited.