Last evening, I attended a public lecture on the role of local knowledge systems in poverty reduction in Africa. The talk revolved around research that had been done in Malawi and Egypt on local agricultural practices. the findings should we should consider a hybrid of indigenous knowledge and scientific or western knowledge. One thing that kept ringing in mind throughout the lecture was the number of times my mother would encourage me to eat some traditional vegetables because of the nutritional value (I am sure members of the Kisii community are familiar with chinsaga) I would quickly opt for spinach , cabbage or kale or ANY other vegetable that was available.
Moving away from my dietary issues, in the last couple of years, a lot of people have been shedding light on the African story and showing how Africans can and want to contribute to the global knowledge base. Without a doubt, Africans have a wealth of knowledge but unfortunately we mostly preserved our knowledge in oral traditions so we don’t always have consistent reference points. That coupled with westernization (which is not entirely evil) has made us lose touch of our roots.
I hope that these TED talks will inspire you to re-think the African Story (and possibly try chinsaga?).
Julie Wangombe: A Poetic Introduction
Many know her for being President Uhuru Kenyatta’s former speechwriter and listening to this presentation will convince you why
Ory Okolloh: The Making of an African Activist
Ms Okolloh shares her personal journey and how she was inspired to start a couple of initiatives like Ushahidi.
The Late Kumla Dumor: Telling the African Story
Watching this talk made me want to tear up and made me wish that I had known him before his sudden demise. A gifted journalist draws from journalistic background to share how we should report on Africa
Dayo Olopade : The New African Narrative
Dayo highlights the informal sectors in Africa and the need to look beyond the surface when it comes to African issues
From graduating with a degree in critical social thought, Jepchumbe shares her journey with African Digital Art