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Decolonising Knowledge for Africa's Renewal (PDF E-book)
Prof Vuyisile Msila
Publishing Date: 03 April 2017
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“Philosophies on Pan Africanism and decolonisation underpin a far greater vision we all share… For many of us the true destination is an African renaissance”.
In 2015 and 2016, students in SA stood up to demand, not only a free education, but a decolonised, African-focused education. The call for the decolonisation of knowledge is the ultimate call for freedom. It is the call for an African identity that affirms African values and beliefs and looks critically at Western hegemony.
Featuring essays from some of the world’s leading minds on African perspectives, Decolonising Knowledge for Africa’s Renewal explores how to create a society that is devoid of colonialism and is ready for a renewed Africa. This book highlights the practical steps that need to be taken to decolonise knowledge and ultimately achieve an African Renaissance.
Includes contributors from a wide range of academic institutions and expertise, locally and internationally, including Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, South Africa and the Unites States of America.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
“Decolonising Knowledge for Africa’s Renewal is a beautiful thread in a reconstructive tapestry that patiently weaves passionate, practical and scholarly strands that address the dehumanisation and erosion of African cultures. It is a timely resource for leaders, academics, practitioners and activists interested in Africa’s social and economic advancement.” - Rev Vusi M Vilakati, Minister at the Methodist Church of Southern Africa
“Decolonising Knowledge for Africa’s Renewal is not an idle and luxurious yearning - it is an urgent clarion call. The cry from students to have decolonised education comes from a deep-seated and well-grounded fear that what they’re being taught may not provide the solutions to our pressing challenges.” - Prof Phinda Mziwakhe Madi, School of Management, University of Johannesburg and author of BEE: 20 Years Later
“This book goes to the heart of 21st century global justice struggles and shows the enormous responsibility African academics have in pursuing a complex dialogue and shaping the Pan-African world’s destiny on the terms of Pan-African peoples.” - Dr Steve Sharra, Academic and author, Catholic University of Malawi
“Decolonising Knowledge for Africa’s Renewal is a timely and critical reflection on the undercurrents of the long-standing and recently renewed calls for the decolonisation of knowledge.” Professor Siphamandla Zondi, Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vuyisile Msila is the Head of the University of South Africa’s Institute for African Renaissance Studies and Director Leadership in Higher Education. He is a C3 National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher and received Unisa’s Chancellor’s Award for research in 2013. His recent books include Ubuntu: Shaping the current workplaces with (African) Wisdom and Africanising the curriculum: Indigenous perspectives and Critical theories. Msila is also a regular newspaper columnist for Mail and Guardian, Sunday Independent and other Independent newspapers in South Africa.