There is no continent that is as culturally diverse as Africa, where tribal Kingdoms, Sultanates and various European and Asian cultures all come together. As long as Africa remains divided it will always be a region of contention and exploitation. But if nations in Africa manage to unite and modernize, they have the potential of being a substantial power. Africa is the doorway to trade between Europe and Asia. Those that dominate the African coasts will have the lock and the key.