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Often seen through the prism of the nation state in the European sense, the post-colonial African State has been suffering from an obvious institutional myopia since its independence. The challenge to tackle African States after their independence was a herculean task.

The Berlin conference was fragmented and unresponsive to the anthropological realities. Therefore, one needs to find more logical and suitable ways, draw on the experience of the metropolis to conduct such a business.

Ever since Voltaire and Montesquieu, the perception of the paradigm of a "type" of State was embodied particularly in the English model which allowed the adaptation of national institutions after independence.

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