n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - What does the Africanisation of a university entail? Lessons from East Africa

Volume 3, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534


One of the most contentious issues in African politics which has since been debunked is the wrong but once popular Eurocentric view that Africa had no system of education before the advent of colonialism. As more evidence surfaced to prove that Africans were able to educate themselves the discussion shifted to how Western and African education systems could co-exist. This call became louder as African countries became independence in the 1960s and 1970s. In addition to political independence, Africans insisted on the development of higher education institutions with the understanding that these would produce the much needed manpower. Moreover, they argued that colonial and Western dominated universities had to be Africanised - not only in terms of the infrastructure and staff but also in terms of the curriculum. Drawing from the experience of the federal University of East Africa (1963-1970), this article uses archival and other sources to demonstrate what it means to Africanise a university that is already in existence.

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