Fixing What Really Ails Africa: The Global North and the “Sick Man of the World” Since the Late Colonial Period By S. U. Fwatshak Department of History and International Studies, University of Jos email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com Tel.: +2348034514996 ABSTRACT The African Predicament can be summed up as, essentially, the inertia of development. But this manifests in a multi-dimensional way which includes but not limited to, economic, social, political, and health. This paper examines the economic dimension and focuses on some of the attempts by the more developed regions of the global north to pull Africa out of the development quagmire since the late colonial period. It interrogates why, despite age- long foreign- led interventions in Africa, the continent has remained “the sick man of the world”, perpetually underdeveloped. It argues that this is due in part, to wrong diagnosis resulting in wrong intervention strategies. The paper attempts to identify and discuss the real economic issues responsible for the African development drawback.