Caribbean Journal of Philosophy, Vol 13, No 2 (2021)

Liberation Humanities

John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji


In this discussion we suggest that the inherited Humanities Education as we have it, passed down to us with the legacy of colonialism and condescending enslaving Ox-bridge tradition, without liberation from the shackles of institutionalized intellectual slavery, colonialism, imperialism and global hegemonic pressures and directives from external erstwhile controlling colonial forces, cannot but continue to produce and reproduce the parodies of humanity which have bred upheavals, discontent, insurgency, protest without meaning, misplacement of resources and total abandonment of reason in official quarters in Nigeria and the larger Africana family. This is responsible for what I mentioned earlier; a situation where in so-called educated South-west Nigeria, a government takes to disparaging humanities education, the global unemployment/underemployment of black youths and the failed state status of Nigeria in the 21st Century (incapable of securing its borders, unable to protect its citizens and being a space for degrading lawlessness) are just three examples.

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