This open access book presents a strong philosophical, theoretical and practical argument for the mainstreaming of indigenous knowledge in curricula development, and in teaching and learning across the African continent. The book presents a distinct and uncharted pathway for Africa to advance sustainably through home-grown and grassroots based ideas, leading to advances in science and technology, growth of indigenous African business and the transformation of Africans into conscious and active participants in the continent’s progress. Indigenous Knowledge and Education in Africa is of interest to educators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, researchers and individuals engaged in finding sustainable and strategic solutions to regional and global advancement.
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Dr. Chika thinks every child of African descent should know as much as possible about Africa. Well, not just because she likes it that way, but because science has proven that children retain information better when their sense of identity is incorporated into the learning process. So, here comes F is for Fufu, a book for every African child resident in Africa and in the diaspora. Read this book with your child if you dream of raising him to be confident, motivated, dignified and passionate about Africa.
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M is for Mandela: Alphabet of Africa’s History Makers, is an alphabet book of some of Africa’s history makers from ancient to modern times. The list is drawn from politics, education, entertainment, science and technology, and includes Nelson Mandela, Amilcar Cabral, Sekou Toure, Cheik Anta Diop, Kenneth Kaunda, Wangari Maathai, Yaa Asantewa, Queen Nzinga, Thomas Sankara, Abedi Pele, Haile Selassie, Patrice Lumumba, Chinua Achebe and others. Buy a copy here.
As far as race relations is concerned, the world of today might have a lesson or two to learn from President Nelson Mandela of South Africa. In his words; “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
This book hopes to lend a conciliatory voice to the conversations on race relations across the nations of the world. Buy a copy here.
African Child Press was established to validate the experiences and lived realities of the African child as expressed in his indigenous language or mother-tongue. African Child Press is concerned with the publication of children’s books in as many African languages as possible.
At African Child Press, we envision an Africa where every child’s mother- tongue is invested with dignity, where the intellectual depth of every African language is explored through the widespread availability of high quality publications.
It is the vision of African Child Press that one day, every home, every school, every public or private child-centered space in Africa will be filled with an abundance of quality publications and resources in relevant African languages.
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2020. “Women and Indigenous Knowledge in Africa.” in Falola, Toyin & Yacob-Haliso, Olajumoke (ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of African Women Studies. Palgrave Macmillan: London.
2020. Ezeanya-Esiobu, Chika. “Research and Innovation in Africa’s Indigenous Knowledge Systems: Prospects and Barriers in Indigenous Medicine.” In Dos Santos, Boaventura and Meneses, Maria. Strange Mirrors, Unsuspected Lessons: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences. Almedina: Lisbon. (forthcoming).
2019. Ezeanya-Esiobu, Chika. Indigenous Knowledge and Education in Africa. Springer: New York.
2018. Ezeanya, Chika ‘Innovation, Education and Development in Africa.’ In Toyin Falola and Samuel Olonrontuba (ed.) Palgrave Handbook on Politics, Governance and Development in Africa. Palgrave-Macmillan: London.
2017. Ezeanya, Chika and Kennedy, Abel. ‘Integrating Clean Energy Use in National Poverty Alleviation Strategies: Opportunities and Challenges in Rwanda’s Girinka Program.’ In Political Economy of Clean Energy Use. United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research edited volume. Oxford University Press: Oxford, England.
2016. Ezeanya, Chika. ‘Research, Innovation and Indigenous Knowledge in Sub-Saharan Africa: In Search of a Nexus’ in Almas Heshmati (Ed.); Economic Integration, Currency Union, and Sustainable Growth in East Africa (Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development, AAESP) Springer: Berlin
2014. Ezeanya, Chika. ‘Corruption and Citizenship in sub-Saharan Africa: A Historical Analysis.’ In Gedeon Mudacumura and Goktug Morcol (ed.) Challenges to Democratic Governance in Developing Countries. Springer International: Santa Barbara. Pages 181 – 194.
2014. Ezeanya, Chika. ‘Yes, We Can Aid Ourselves.’ In Sondra Myers (ed.) The New Rwanda II: Successes and Challenges on the Ground. University of Scranton: New York (short essay).
2014. Ezeanya, Chika. ‘A Minister without Convoy.’ In Sondra Myers (ed.) The New Rwanda II: Successes and Challenges on the Ground. University of Scranton: New York (short essay).
Selected Journal Articles/Reports
2019 Ezeanya- Esiobu, Chika “Higher Education across the Global South: From Epistemological Suicide to Epistemological Plurality.” In Higher Education in the World Report 2020 – ‘Humanities and Higher Education: generating synergies between Science, Technology and Humanities’, the 7th edition of the HEIW Report Presentation date, December 10th, 2019 at Caixal Forum, Barcelona, Spain.
2019 Ezeanya-Esiobu, Chika et al. “Rural Women Economic Empowerment, Indigenous Fermented Milk Production, and the Challenges of Modernity.” Indigenous Knowledge: Other Ways of Knowing (3) 5 Pp. 119 -142.
2018. Ezeanya-Esiobu, Chika et al. “Indigenous Beverage Production and Economic Empowerment of Rural Women in Rwanda” Indigenous Knowledge: Other Ways of Knowing (3) 3 (forthcoming)
2018. Ezeanya-Esiobu, Chika et al. “Indigenous Vegetable Production and Rural Women Economic Empowerment in Africa: Reality, Prospects, and Challenges in Rwanda.” Indigenous Knowledge: Other Ways of Knowing (3) 3 (forthcoming).
2017. Ezeanya, Chika. ‘The Rise of Homegrown Ideas and Grassroots Voices: New Directions in Social Policy in Rwanda.’ United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) Working Paper 2017-6 (pp 1-31) . UNRISD: Geneva.
2015. Ezeanya, Chika. ‘William Beinhart and Karen Brown. 2013. African Local Knowledge and Livestock Health Treatment: Diseases and Treatments in South Africa – A Book Review.’ African Studies Quarterly Vol 5 (4) 92-93.
2015 Ezeanya, Chika. ‘Home-grown and grassroots-based strategies for determining inequality towards policy action: Rwanda’s Ubudehe approach in perspective.’ United Nations University World Institute for Development Research Working Paper Series 2015/008 http://www.wider.unu.edu/publications/working-papers/2015/en_GB/wp2015-008/
2015. Ezeanya, Chika. ‘Indigenous Knowledge, Education Quality and Prosperity.’ The 2014 Africa Prosperity Report, Legatum Institute London.
2015. Ezeanya, Chika. ‘Abdul Karim Bangura’s African Mathematics: From Bones to Computers – A Book Review.’ African Studies Quarterly Volume 14, Issue 4 (September 2014) 81 -82.
2014. Ezeanya, Chika. ‘Zikism: the Fourth Pillar, Indigenous Knowledge and Africa’s Advancement.’ Journal of African Philosophy (10) 1 Pp 1-26.
2014. Ezeanya, Chika. ‘A Model for Development Built on Indigenous Foundations.’ Science Development. June 2014.
2014. Ezeanya, Chika. ‘Indigenous Knowledge, Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment in Rwanda: the Girinka Approach.’ Journal of Pan African Studies, (6)10.
2013. Schendel, Rebecca, Mazimhaka Jolly, Ezeanya Chika. ‘Higher Education for Development in Rwanda.’ International Higher Education . Winter #70 2013. p. 19 -21. English, Chinese, Russian and Spanish editions.
Ezeanya, Chika. ‘Contending Issues of Intellectual Property Rights and Africa’s Indigenous Pharmacology.’ Journal of Pan African Studies (6) September 2013.
2013. Ezeanya, Chika. (editorial board member) ‘Documentation of Home-grown Initiatives and Solutions for Policy makers, researchers and the public.’ Rwanda Governance Board Report Volume 1, November, 2013.
Ezeanya, Chika & Satya, Murty. ‘Indigenous Textbooks and Case Studies as Effective Tools in Business and Management Education: A Comparative Analysis of Indian versus African Business Literature.’ International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences (2) 10
Selected International Presentations and Workshops
2020. Online. July 31st. Teach for Nigeria. Indigenizing Africa’s Education for its Development. Panelist.
2020. Online. June 18th. United Nations Development Program. Home Grown Solutions to the COVID-19 Health Crisis. Panelist.
2019. Cairo, Egypt. November 21st. SpotOn 10th Anniversary Conference, communicating Research for Social Impact – Panelist.
2019. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. September 8th. Invited speaker, Project Management Institute of Africa’s 50th Anniversary.
2019. Abuja Nigeria. August 2019. Ignite Africa Challenge Youth Training workshop.
2019. London, England. March 21st. The Economist Sustainability Summit; invited panelist, ‘Discussions on Indigenous knowledge and environmental preservation.’
2019. Dubai, UAE. February 10th –12th. Distinguished Panelist, World Government Summit. Paper presentation on, “Indigenous Knowledge and Knowledge Creation in the Global South.”
2018. Frankfurt, Germany. November 23rd – 24th. The Ecumenical Service for Advocacy Work on Southern Africa Workshop, ‘Afrika neu denken’. Invited Keynote Speaker.
2018. Nairobi, Kenya April 21st -23rd. African Economic Research Consortium. Workshop on Reconstruction of Fragile States in Africa.
2017. Arusha, Tanzania August 27th – 30th. TED Global 2017. Builders. Truth-tellers. Catalysts. Invited Speaker.
2017. Johannesburg, South Africa June 25th. United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) Global Research Workshop on New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives for and from the Global South. Paper presentation on ‘The Rise of Homegrown Ideas and Grassroots Voices: New Directions in Social Policy in Rwanda.’
2016. Kigali, Rwanda 25 – 26th April International Symposium on Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Public Health Care in Eastern and Southern Africa. Paper presentation on, ‘From Traditional Bonesetting to Orthopedic Medicine in the West: Lessons for sub-Saharan Africa.
2015. Kigali, Rwanda November 17th – 19th. Africalics International Conference on Unpacking Systems of Innovation for Development in Africa. Paper presentation on Zikism, Indigenous Knowledge and Innovation for Africa’s Advancement.
2015. Dakar, Senegal 7th – 10th December. International Development Research Center Canada (IDRC) – Gender Analysis Training Workshop for African researchers.
2015. Livingstone, Zambia 7th – 8th October. Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Seminar on Conflict, Peace and Regional Economic Integration in Southern Africa.
2015. Golden, Colorado USA (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) 27th –28th August – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) Workshop on the Political Economy of Clean Energy Use.
2015. Durban, South Africa April 28 – 30. University of KwaZulu Natal –International Conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Environmental Ethics. Paper presentation on Indigenous Knowledge, Science and Innovation in sub-Saharan Africa.
2015. Cartagena Data Festival, Spain April 20 – 22. Invitation to present on Accountability and Citizen Engagement in Data Use.
2014. Berlin Germany, December 5th – 7th Africavenir International Conference – Presentation on “African Perspectives on Global Challenges (in the Context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda).
2014. Helsinki, Finland September 5-6 2014. United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) 2014 Conference on Inequality: Trends, Impacts and Measurements. Paper presentation ‘Homegrown and Grassroots based Approaches to Determining Inequality towards Policy Action: Rwanda’s Ubudehe Approach in Perspective.’
2014. Budapest, Hungary July 12 – 19th Open Society Foundation Summer School at Central European University. Innovative Financing for Education: Arguments, Options and Implications.
2014. Maputo Mozambique, June 30 – July 11 American Political Science Association Africa Workshop on Distributive Goods and Distributive Politics.
2014. London England, April 4 – 5. London School of Economics Africa Summit. Paper presentation on ‘Indigenous Knowledge, Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment in Rwanda: the Girinka Approach.’
2013. Manama, Bahrain June 23 – 27. United Nations Public Service Award Ceremony and Forum. Presentation on ‘Building Capacity for Gender Responsive Budgeting in Rwanda.’
2013. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 10-11. African Union Technical Experts Meeting on Draft Benchmarking/Indicators Tool and State Reporting Guidelines on the African Charter on Democracy, Election and Governance.
2013. Midrand, South Africa 26-27 February. Pan African Parliament – United Nations Development Program (UNDP) African Thematic Consultation on Governance and the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
2013. Midrand, South Africa 24-25 February. Pan African Parliament – United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Development Financing and the Post 2015 Framework and Africa Post 2015 Narrative Meetings.
2012. Johannesburg, South Africa October 12-13. Privatization in Education Research Initiative workshop on Globalization, Regionalization and Privatization in and of Education in Africa funded by the Open Society Institute of Southern Africa (OSISA)
2012. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA November 30 – African Studies Association Annual Meeting. Presentation on ‘Sustainable Economic Growth in Liberia; an Analyses of Post-Conflict Nation Building Initiatives.
2012. Kigali, Rwanda July 1-3.International Conference on Governance and Democracy to mark Rwanda’s 50th Independence Anniversary. Presentation made to the parliament on ‘Corruption, Citizenship and National Building in sub-Saharan Africa.’
2012. Kigali, Rwanda October 7. Rwanda Governance Board High Level Policy Dialogue on Governance, Peace and Security in the Great Lakes. Presentation on ‘Lasting Peace in the Great Lakes: The Ubuntu Way.’