African Postcolonial Modernity: Informal Subjectivities and by Sanya Osha (auth.)

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There seems to be a gangsterization of the activities of elected public functionaries taking place instead of the much-awaited dividends of democracy, which, in public imagination, include the provision and discernible improvement of social services and infrastructure, a robust public health delivery system, decent educational facilities, economic advancement, and the provision of social security. Nothing so far has indicated that these expectations would be met. With the collapse of some segments of the formal economic sector and all its attendant implications, politics as a means of survival become the only feasible option.

Beginning from the 1980s, a more extensive period of what has 26 AFRICAN POSTCOLONIAL MODERNITY been termed the criminalization of the state occurred under which employing the camouflage of legality and histrionics governmental organs were able to spread their corrupting influence. There seems to be a gangsterization of the activities of elected public functionaries taking place instead of the much-awaited dividends of democracy, which, in public imagination, include the provision and discernible improvement of social services and infrastructure, a robust public health delivery system, decent educational facilities, economic advancement, and the provision of social security.

22 In this instance, politics, even when it attempts to camouflage as a modern and civil activity and when it employs a number of institutional devises, is never quite distinguishable from conditions that are to be found in states of exception. Power is devoid of accountability and regulation and thus becomes Hobbesian. 22 AFRICAN POSTCOLONIAL MODERNITY Just as political opportunists deployed the notion of political independence and the euphoria it implies during the last stages of colonialism in Africa to create new forms of tyranny, democracy has started to undergo the same fate.

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