It is a good start, but the voice needs to get stronger for detoxification of discourse in key fora and documents of formerly colonized nations. For example, the discourse in such documents as Uganda's national planning instruments - narrative plans and budgets. It does us no good to rename physical assets, while we accept descriptions of us, which falsely denigrate us, to be included in and to form the basis of our nation's official national plans and budgets.
During the colonial period, knowledge systems of the English, who colonised the territory now known as Uganda, were overtly enforced in the territory. The older generations of the descendants of ‘African-Ugandans’, for example, will recall how severely they were forced to learn English at school and to abandon speaking their own ‘African-Ugandan’ languages. Evidence of… Continue reading Uganda’s Exogenous Knowledge
‘Khosian-Ugandan’ and ‘African-Ugandan’ cultures are the endogenous knowledge of Uganda. This discussion, however, does not pretend expertise in the original culture of ‘Khosian-Ugandans’ nor of ‘African-Ugandans’. The emphasis of this discussion, is to simply insist that they existed. That they existed, is evidenced, for example, by the fact that they were referenced in speeches during… Continue reading Uganda’s Endogenous Knowledge
It never ceases to amaze me how Uganda’s education system produces Ugandans whose minds are so colonised against acknowledging and celebrating traditional knowledge systems of the peoples of the first nations of Uganda – the Iteso, the Buganda, the Banyakigezi, etc. It is mind blowing how factoids permeate presentations by Ugandans on Uganda that they… Continue reading Decolonise Minds – Research Disputable