Western Education and Political Domination in Africa: A by Magnus O. Bassey

By Magnus O. Bassey

The contribution of Western schooling to the production of an African-educated elite is definitely documented. what's now not both good documented is the truth that African-educated elites have used their schooling and the universities to perpetuate their dominance via denying the bad the data essential to safeguard their political and financial rights and to boost in society. nevertheless, expert elites in Africa make possibilities to be had to their very own contributors via selective ordering, legitimization of sure language kinds and studying approaches in faculties, and legitimization of elite codes and stories to the exclusion of the histories, reviews, and worldviews of the poor.

This ebook highlights the procedures in which the negative in Africa were disenfranchised and marginalized via faculties' ascriptive mechanisms, and explains why African fiscal improvement is particularly slow.

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73 Casely-Hayford went on to state that continued meddling in African traditions by missionaries would force African customs underground. ’’74 Educated Africans were further denationalized because they as converts were segregated from the people as were the missionaries. Such segregations painted in the minds of Africans a sense of European superiority. Hence, Oginga Odinga opined that the missionary was preaching unity and love while he ‘‘lived aloof from the people to whom he preached,’’ and J.

B. ’’76 The practice of segregating Christians was ‘‘naturally very resented by [African] chiefs who claim their hereditary rights . . ’’ By such pronouncements missionaries were able to pitch children against their parents thereby causing a splinter in African families. ’’78 And as Mbonu Ojike of Nigeria later recalled, missionaries induced Africans to imitate Western culture in every aspect because, according to the missionaries, every good Christian must take a Western name at Baptism. ’’79 Indeed, Edward W.

After application for this status is made and the non-refundable application fee tendered, officials check the security rating of the applicant, discuss his religious commitment with the local priest, make surprise visits to his home to ascertain, among other things, if he eats with the appropriate cutlery and wears shoes. 42 Gaspar goes on to say that because his father had a good education, upbringing and vocation, he enjoyed all the rights and privileges of Portuguese citizenship. However, he admits that his grandfather worked as a force-labor agent for the Portuguese in Northern Angola.

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