When the colonising project was drawing to an end, with what is often referred to as "decolonisation", the big question is always whether the colonised people freed themselves by defeating the colonisers, or the colonisers gave that "freedom" to the colonised on a silver platter? This question is important because it has so many varying interpretations with significant implications. In Africa, for instance, the continent was sliced into over fifty colonies which were shared among the European nation states – the sharing that was formalised in the 1884-5 Berlin Conference. But, when those colonising European nation states were “leaving” from the mid-20th century, were they actually defeated by the colonised forces, or they left on their own terms? Let us bear this question in mind as we walk this journey of sharing ideas!