automotive Africa – Submission

This series is a reflection upon the elitist culture present in many African countries and perhaps exploring it’s roots in Neo-colonialism, looking specifically at the use of luxury vehicles by African presidents shortly after independence. It seems like an oxymoron, how “Mwalimu” Nyerere was handed the keys to a Rolls Royce by the Queen herself. I am suspicious of this exchange – as his legacy was one of socialism, which luxury objects are anything but. The luxury car industry within the continent is really a symbol of the great economic divide that exists within our nations – and a pyschological tie we have to western validation.

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