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Africa and Promoting Knowledge in Africa

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Prof Nyasha Mboti
Head of the Department of Communication Science
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In Chapter 20 of Chinua Achebe’s magnum opus, Things Fall Apart, Obierika opined that colonialism “put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart”. Africa Month is a timely reminder of the things that held us together, that hold us together, and that can still hold us together in the future. If you spend too much time on social media nowadays, you might be forgiven for forgetting that the things that bind us together are, in fact, more than those that divide us. Africa Month serves – at least in part – as a reminder of this. read more...

Promoting and appreciating knowledge in and from Africa. It is centred on the recognition and celebration of African-produced knowledge and a conversation about our contribution globally on an equal footing.

In the award-winning Broadway musical, The Color Purple (2015), originally written as a novel by Alice Walker, the characters pay homage to Africa in a song titled, ‘African Homeland’, by expressing that they are ‘happy in the centre of the universe’. These characters express and find joy in the anatomy of Africa – its shape, form, people, and the fruits of its soil. These characters see Africa and being African as an identity to which they are happy to subscribe. These characters show us a hope that we should all share – to be happy in the centre of our universe, Africa – and to invest and indulge in all that it has to offer. Read more...

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Sibahle Mabaso
Master in Gender studies
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Promoting and appreciating knowledge in and from Africa: indigenous and scholarly knowledge

Each country or continent in this context prides itself on what it has or what it does or produces, ranging from its cultural customs, traditions, minerals, and other resources or productions it has or can produce, and so does Africa. Thus, it is a good thing to keep on promoting and appreciating while also valuing and commemorating how great and excellently those who came before us have carried the legacy of great knowledge and passed it on to those who are with us now. read more...

Tlotlisang D Mhambiso
Final-year Education student
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