Remebering World War I: How Did It Influence Africa's Freedom Struggle?
"We know sadly how many regarded it on all sides as an adventure initially. [...] I think it was not anticipated [...] when [Africans] were engaging in conflict alongside white troops from the various colonial powers and the other colonies such as Australia and Canada, found that they were not inferior and that they resented the inequality to which they were subjected," the professor said.
"So frankly, remember that if you're coming from a colony like Gold Coast, Ghana or Nigeria, most Africans did not come, had not really come into direct contact with the white. So it was reserved for a relative handful of Africans in the towns and so on, rotational meetings with a district commissioner. But once you're in an army, you come into very direct conflict with white "superiors", and you're subjected to strict discipline and everything. And I think this undoubtedly fueled racial resentment, which then faded over into the nationalist cause, the expert noted.