The work explores the poisonous influence of Social Darwinism on British rule in Nigeria in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Charles Darwin didn’t spend much time in Africa. But his poisonous ideas certainly did.
Missing from Chinua Achebe’s account is the role played by scientific racism in driving British imperialist policy in the country.
Not only racism, but racial extermination was an integral feature of Darwin’s theory from the start.
My documentary only tells one part of the story of racism, and only a part of the story of Social Darwinism’s influence on Western imperialism.