As the world countries can be divided into developed, underdeveloped, developing nations, etc. I belong to the part which would be described as a developing one. There is a huge degree of difference between the level of development between many parts of Asia and most of African countries, with Asian countries being more developed. The low level of development and life standards in a country like Mongolia is understandable both due to its geographical location and being far from central trade routes, etc. Africa occupies central location between Asia and the West, and all historical trade routes and information channels flow through Africa. Although it may sound somewhat strange to a few Westerns that many of the Asian countries have a rich history since ancient times. The republic of Iran, formerly known as Persia, and India are two typical examples of this. Thomas Macaulay, an arch-racist, once said this: "It is, no exaggeration to say, that all the historical information which has been collected from all the books written in Sanskrit language is less valuable than what may be found in the most paltry abridgments used at preparatory schools in England". I would say Macaulay's statement tells more about his mentality rather than his knowledge of history of India. Now coming again to Africa. I have researched this topic a little and it seems that Africa has never attained any impressive level in any kind of history at any stage, let it be literary or cultural. Please note that I'm a learner of English, so please excuse my poor choice of words. I'm sorry for any offense which my language shortcomings could cause. I'm making an honest enquiry for the sake of knowledge. What do you think are the reasons for this sad fate of Africa? I've a firm belief that in near future Africa will take on a route of progress and prosperity which will make it stand at par with other countries. Please let me know your opinions on this. Thanks.