By Desmond Davies, London Bureaux
March 17, 2017
Republished from Ghana News Agency
London, Mar 17, GNA – The new Executive Secretary of the Dakar-based Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) wants a move away from “the colonial or neo-colonial narrative about Africa” in terms of knowledge production relating to the continent.
Dr Godwin Murunga, a Kenyan academic, told the GNA: “The history and nature of knowledge production on Africa is skewed in favour of Western, largely foreign, academics.
“Too few people in the world want to listen to African academics speaking about African issues.
“It is only in Africa where many have a right to become specialists about the continent without as much as vising a quarter of it,” Dr Murunga said.
“We expect to construct new forms of knowledge that appreciate the complexity that Africa is and that reveal its relevance to ordinary peoples in Africa.
“Africans have been assaulted by all forms of policy prescriptions that undermine its capacities and render its knowledge suspect.
“CODESRIA must remain the one institution that keeps its faith in the experiences of ordinary Africans and that reveals the different ways in which its diversity is a strength,” said Dr Murunga, who until recently was the Director of King’s College, London’s African Leadership Centre in Nairobi.