New PDF release: African Intellectuals: Rethinking Politics, Language, Gender

By Thandika Mkandawire

ISBN-10: 1842776215

ISBN-13: 9781842776216

In comparison with Asia or Latin the USA, Africa has skilled a lot better charges of emigration of its intelligentsia to North the USA and Europe, and common displacement in the continent. This infrequent evaluate of the historical past, destiny and destiny roles explores their dating to nationalism and the Pan African venture; the indigenous language of African intellectuals; ladies intellectuals; and the position of the increasing African educational diaspora.

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Their ideas, reasoning and actions would be Congolese, and they would see the future in Congolese terms. (Cited in Yeikelo ya Ato and Ntumba 1993: 165) Non-organic intellectuals Many African academics were willing to submit themselves to the exigencies of nationalism and the new state, which they viewed as ‘the custodian of the development process and the university as an institution that must train human resources for development. It then seemed natural to them that the state play a key role in managing the university’ (Mamdani 1993).

The absence of independent publishing or distribution endowed with financial resources from non-governmental sources, and the lack of research outfits with independent financial backing, also contributed to the atomization of the intelligentsia. It is a fact that whether as duly invited luminaries or as rowdy gatecrashers, the country’s intellectuals have been known to invade the political scene as idols or ideologues, technocrats or experts, critics or censors. They have always needed opposition to or collaboration with the regime as reference points and yardsticks for their own performance (Mamdani 1993: 318).

It is a fact that whether as duly invited luminaries or as rowdy gatecrashers, the country’s intellectuals have been known to invade the political scene as idols or ideologues, technocrats or experts, critics or censors. They have always needed opposition to or collaboration with the regime as reference points and yardsticks for their own performance (Mamdani 1993: 318). For some this raised serious questions about the integrity of African intellectuals and their relationship with the state. John Ihonvbere and Timothy Shaw (1998) capture this self-criticism: … one tradition which has emerged in Nigeria is that there has always been a distinction between scholars’ performances at the university service and when in government.

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