In October, TIA published an open letter to contemporary African intellectuals by Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire. Shaun Matsheza’s response was published a few weeks later. Bwesigye now writes a rejoinder in which he expounds on the meaning of African contemporaneity.
Ali Mazrui, one of the foremost African intellectuals for the last fifty years, died recently. Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire reflects on Mr. Mazrui’s five strategies for taming Western-oriented imperialism disguised as globalisation.
European superiority through production of knowledge to impart to colonial subjects was an important element of colonial education. In Uganda, it seems primary education is now almost fully decolonised, as Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire writes
The tag, ‘intellectual’ in reference to Africa refers to a certain type: western educated and visible in western media, maybe published in the West and maybe teaching at a western university. Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire writes to this type of African Intellectual.
Moses Serubiri, a cultural critic, photographer and curator, converses with Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire about Eddy Kenzo, a Ugandan musician’s rise to international repute despite disapproval from the Ugandan middle class for his failure to speak “proper” English.
Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire looks at the various reasons for ostracising African languages in African schools and shows how unconvincing they are, arguing for more vigilance in the defence of the use of local languages in African schools.