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Africa must unlearn colonial masters education to be productive – Lumumba

Prof. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba

 * We have to unlearn what we learn in our schools to make Africa great

By Cletus Opukeme, Abraka

Pan African erudite Scholar, Prof. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba of Kenya,  has charged Africans to fight ignorance by unlearning the colonial masters education and apply African cultural education that beneficial to the African diverse culture which will eradicate  dieases,  poverty to revolutionise Africa.


Lumumba gave the charged while delivering the 30th anniversary commemorative lecture, titled: “Whither Education in Africa”, at the Delta State University Abraka.

The law Professor harped on the need for Africans to value, and respect their culture, use talents, professional and infrastructures we have in Africa than seeking for solutions from our colonial masters.

According to him, “Its right time, we fight against ignorance,  poverty,  diseases which are our common enemies.  We have been miseducated for too long.

“So many years after independence and building Universities. What has changed, has Africa attain it heights? Not that we have shortage of professionals. We have to unlearn what we learn.

“We must be proud of our cultural heritage. We Africans produced all the professionals but when we want anything,  we go to Europe and West to get it.

“Africans produce Engineers yet we cannot manufacture our own cars and phones. The mistake we must not make is the mistake of giving up.

“The University has made contributions. No matter, how rich you’re but you cannot buy back the past year.

“Education is the only thing that can make us achieve these things. We must take stock of what we have achieved. Have we produced an Army of young men who will change Africa?

“You are a droplet of the ocean called Nigeria but be a good droplet.

“You must remember that, every institution is like a human being. And you are no longer on the infant stage but an adult stage where we can fight to rebuild Africa of our dreams.” He stated.



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