n Africa Insight - The dominance of the spirit of neo-liberal capitalism in contemporary higher education practices in post-colonial Africa : a reconstruction of an African ethic of indigenization

Volume 37, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This article argues that while some academic efforts are made to fulfil the need to indigenize African universities, these efforts have been greatly overshadowed by the hegemony that neo-liberal capitalist practices have in contemporary African universities. The post-colonial African university has become more orientated towards the promotion and dissemination of the values of neo-liberal capitalism. In this orientation, African indigenous values are only appealed to in order to domesticate capitalistic economic practices in Africa. It also argues that African universities have adopted a Eurocentric approach in their academic orientation at the expense of African indigenous knowledge systems and values. In so doing, the salient presumption is that African indigenous knowledge systems and values have nothing to contribute to their transformation of African societies. Another argument that is advanced in this article is that the reconstruction of the post-colonial African university is only plausible on the premise that these universities actively appropriate African indigenous knowledge systems and values in theory and practice.

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