CPUT’s particular Africa Day lecture targeted on the thought of “Africanising” universities throughout the Agenda 2063 interval. The lecture was delivered by Prof Simphiwe Sesanti, African Philosophy and African Renaissance mental, scholar and tutorial from the College of the Western Cape’s School of Schooling.
Sesanti mentioned English is simply an ethnic language like some other language. He added that the colonialists used imperialism to inflict a cultural amnesia into Africans and that schooling was used within the eurocentic challenge.
“Everyone seems to be an individual of color,” mentioned Sesanti. He argued that names of individuals and locations inform tales.
Sesanti mentioned Christ was neither of English, Portuguese nor French descent. “We, as professors, are a product of imperialism.
“The reality is we have now universities in Africa however no African universities.”
He added that language is a service of tradition.
Sesanti mentioned declaring oneself a revolutionary doesn’t make one a revolutionary. He added that Europeans got here to varied components of Africa and renamed individuals and locations. He mentioned individuals’s names carry their tradition and historical past.
“This 12 months is Julius Nyerere’s one centesimal anniversary,” he mentioned earlier than including that Nyerere studied philosophy and was not solely a politician.
Prof Andile Mji, Dean of Schooling at CPUT, mentioned that teachers have accepted that they need to decolonise its universities. “Universities ought to let college students be thinkers,” added Mji.
He mentioned Africans had at all times believed in oneness, as could possibly be seen of their round kraals and rondavel homes.
“Don’t illtreat girls, whether or not you realize them or not,” warned Mji.
Central SRC President Nanga Codana mentioned Sesanti’s speech introduced the viewers to its roots and thanked Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, for organising the general public lecture.
“If we’re to be sensible about Africanising the college,[let’s] doc it within the college’s insurance policies,” added Codana.
He made a name for residences to be named after African individuals.
Prof Drikie Hay-swemmer, Govt Director within the Workplace of the Vice-Chancellor, mentioned they learnt a lot from the lecture, and persuaded her colleagues to ask Sesanti to speak to CPUT college students once more sooner or later.