It was not always so. After its independence a half century ago, the great continent was bursting with exuberance, promise and hope for a new life.
But according to journalist and historian Martin Meredith's new book "The Fate of Africa," nation after nation found itself at the mercy of misguided leaders who led both the people and the land into the dizzying downward, perilous spin it's in today.
Hear about the future fate of the troubled continent of Africa.
Martin Meredith, former Africa correspondent and author of the new book "The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair"
Hilary Andersson, BBC Correspondent based in Johannesburg, South AfricaFrancis Biola Irele, Professor of African Studies and
Romance languages at Harvard.
This program aired on August 18, 2005.