As promised in this years program we will have a part II of last lecture by Dr. Otieno Ong’ayo. He will go more in depth and surprise us with facts and insights.
Date | 28th of September, 2019
Time | 15:00
Place | Bezuidenhoutseweg 40, Den Haag
Decolonizing the mind
-Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o-
“We therefore learnt to value words for the meanings and nuances. Language was not a mere string of words. It had a suggestive power well beyond the immediate and lexical meaning. Our appreciation of the suggestive magical power of language was reinforced by the games we played with words through riddles, proverbs, transposition of syllables, or through nonsensical but musically arranged words…the language of our evening teach-ins, and the language of our immediate and wider community, and the language of our work in the fields were one.
“And then I went to school, a colonial school, and this harmony was broken. The language of my education was no longer the language of my culture.”