Decolonizing the Contemporary African University: Towards an Inevitable Alternative


Studies show that many universities in developing countries imitate the Western university model (Chan, Li, & Yang, 2017). In the same line of thought, other researchers contend that African universities are also appendages of the Western University model (Mamdani, 2008). This essay proposes the decolonization of the temporary African University. The paper first depicts that African university is the result of colonial contact with the continent. As a result, it is modelled after the Western University. In such a model, African Universities relegate indigenous ways of knowing in multiplicities of perspectives. Recognizing the emergence of indigenous scholarship across the Globe, and the need to recognize indigenous ways of knowing as an inevitable alternative, the current essay advances the argument that there is an urgent need to decolonize the "Western" African University which is only nominally African.

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Ashenafi Alemu, University of British Columbia, Canada

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Conference: IICEHawaii2018
Stream: Higher education

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