The Rhodes Colossus
The Rhodes Colossus is a cartoon by English cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, published by Punch magazine in England in December, 1892. The image depicts mining magnate and politician Cecil John Rhodes straddling the African continent with a telegraph wire in his hands. The image refers to Rhodes’ desire to build a ‘Cape to Cairo’ rail and telegraph line to connect the British colonies in Africa.
African experts attending the 10th African Economic Conference in Kinshasa from November 2 to 4, called on African countries to reduce their excessive dependency on raw material exports and imported consumer goods, as the only viable way to reduce poverty and social inequality on the continent.