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The Death of Intellectualism in the African Abyss…

If civilization begun in Africa (Egypt), then it is in Africa (Egypt) that civilization has been killed. This expression shows challenges of post modern world and the Africa’s predicaments. It is common to hear brilliant talks by African professionals but there is no substance. Many Africans today have stopped reading let alone writing. In Kenya the majority of readers prefer Dailies. In the dailies they look for the column on politics then perhaps the sport. That is all. 0.04% of Kenyan readers look for intellectual and academic books. Worse still, 0.02% watch intellectual topics. However, if you watch TV debates in Kenya, the speakers are full of empty ideas. They are ideas with no substance in the intellectual world. People sound to know a bit of everything but they lack the fundamental basis of such ideas.

It is mediocrity! It is the effect of globalization. It is the end of intellectualism. The so called intellectuals have no room in the whole fabric of the society. Their good ideas end up being forged by crafty professionals who have hijacked the system. Kenya is even considering such professionals to determine who is to teach at the universities. Teaching at the university has become an idle activity yet funded by the state. The same state does not make any need of such institutions while coming up with policy framework. Kenya has changed drastically.

20 years ago smart law-makers in Kenya would look for brilliant ideas from the universities and make rational debate in the House. This is no longer the case as empty professionals who are good at copy and paste culture shall do the work of an entire university over night when the government needs to go for international negotiations. This is Kenya today. 1 professional can draft  a document over night in an hotel. The following day the Cabinet Secretary shall make a big presentation of the policy. Do we still need public universities? Can we justify the money spent in such idle institutions where brains are lying wasted?

It is like a table and empty seats in a Board room where people only come to rubber-stump ideas. It is so sad to see some university students losing interest in the library and hating serious teachers that give difficult homework. The ridiculous part of it, some students with money can bribe an administrator with the code to get into the examiantion system and alter marks at fee. Such administrators make un-taxed income and are driving very expensive cars. Their investment cannot explain their source of income.

On the other side of the story, what do you expect from graduates who become professionals in Kenya? It is sad but this is the truth. Before the clean up is done, lets value the institution and make use of the wasted knowledge. The post modern time that has made it easy for us to access knowledge and make it our own is the economic disaster in our country. Researchers do the work while crafty professionals in the civil service take the money. Failure to pay lecturers is the source of all evil in education. Corruption taking place at the public universities is nothing new. There is nepotism and bribery trends going on but nothing much is done. It all concerns who is who. It is a Boardroom problem.

Intellectualism and scholasticism are dead. Africa is burying them quite too fast. It is a pity but this is what the system promotes. Political leaders prefer going around to beg and look for Euro Bonds which they end up stealing other than promoting their own system. How can Africa survive today? Not easy but possible!

About Peter Onyango

Dr. Peter Onyango O. is one of our main contributors. He is a senior law lecturer, a writer, a consultant, peace ambassador, and a researcher. He assists so many professionals, legal minds, and debaters with his skills and scholarly wealth! He supports children and village community as a way of giving back to community. He edits, proof reads, and publishes various articles for our page!

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