CODESRIA ’’decolonizing’’ young Africans’ minds
The Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), one of the continent’s leading think-tanks and an award winning research institution, has begun a course with a difference for young African researchers.
According to Professor Sylvia Tamale of the Mekerere University in Uganda, some 16 young African scholars from the continent and the diaspora are being trained in the concept of ‘’African sexuality’’ with the aim of decolonizing their minds.
‘’As we all know many of our countries often flag independence but our minds are still very much colonized,’’ Prof Tamale said.
She said the concept of “African sexuality“ is at the core of the course, which is now being conducted at CODESRIA’s headquarters in Senegal’s capital, Dakar.
Tamale pointed out that sexuality was a ‘’very important analytical tool,’’
‘’Sexuality is very much linked to a very much oppressive institution. For example women are subordinated. They are kept in a lower and inferior status partly through the control and regulation of their sexuality, So sexuality becomes a very important analytical tool,’’the CODESRIA scholar said.
By the end of their three-week training course, CODESRA hopes that the young ‘’laureates,’’ as the research institution refers to them, will be able to examine the link between the human body, gender and sexuality.
WADR’s Kara Thioune intervies Prof Sylvia Tamale about the essence of African sexuality.
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