Portugal now a Colony of Angola: How Roles Reverse

History

Long before we were born, Angola became a Portuguese protectorate. Everything that once belonged to the African state was taken by their colonialists. Today, it’s many years since Portugal left Angola with the African country gaining independence in the early 1960s. Whoever said that what goes around comes back around must have been right. 50 years later, Angola is on the verge of colonizing their colonizers. The only difference is that they are not as brutal as their masters and they are doing it economically. For instance, if you go to the Portuguese city of Cascais, a place that has the country’s royal court, you’ll discover that most of the buildings there are owned by the Angola’s ruling class. There is even a term in Portugal called the Angolan’s buildings, referring to rentals owned by rich people from Angola. If you go to Lisbon, the case is the same. You’ll discover that handbags and designer suits are being bought by the elite from Angola. If you walk down the Louis Vuitton Street in Lisbon, you will discover the office of Isabel dos Santos, the richest woman in Africa. Isabel has built a name for herself in Portugal by investing in various fields such as energy, media, and banking industries.

The wealth from the African state comes from its rich oil fields. The country has also been under the leadership of Jose Eduardo dos Santos for 38 years. Mr. Eduardo is the father to Isabel dos Santos. The people who have invested in Portugal benefited during the reign of Mr. Eduardo and funneled most of their money to Portugal. The two share deep ties with a recent saga that opened a debate across the world about the changing dynamics being a good example. Sometimes back, Portugal announced that it was investigating officials from the African country on charges of corruption. On its part, Angola reacted by saying that it would cut ties with their colonizers. This lead to Portugal’s foreign minister apologizing about the misunderstanding. A book called The Angolan Power in Portugal by Celso Felipe is a good starting point to understand the changing roles. The book talks about how people think of Angola as a poor nation that needs help from developed nations. As it turns out, your housekeeper buys your house. However, the recent growth of the African nation to the extent of matching Portugal is as a result of booming oil production as Portugal struggled with a financial crisis.

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