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Compilation of discussions and philosophies from various experts on pan-Africanism, decolonisation of education and a resulting African-focused one I n 2015 and 2016, South African higher education students stood up to demand not only a free education, but also a decolonised, African-focused one. The calls for decolonisation of knowledge are the ultimate call for freedom. Without the decolonisation of knowledge, Africans may feel that their liberation is rudimentary and that their efforts to shed Western dominance have all come to naught. Over the years, various African leaders, including Steve Biko, wrote about the need to decolonise knowledge in Africa. The call for decolonisation is largely being equated with the search for an African identity that looks critically at Western dominance. Biko sought for black people to understand their origins; to understand black history and DIoUP WKHLU EODFN LGHQWLW\ 7KHVH are all embedded in the struggle to decolonise and search for African values and identities. The contributors in this book discuss several connected themes that GHoQH ZKDW $IULFD DQG WKH GLDVSRUD require for a society devoid of colonialism, one that is ready for a renewed Africa. “The discussions we develop and the philosophies we adopt on pan-Africanism and decolonisation are due to a bigger vision and for many of us the destination is African renaissance,” they write. Everyone has a role to play in realising African Renaissance – government, churches, universities, schools, cultural organisations all have a role to play in this endeavour. The contents include: • Tradition and Foundation for African Renaissance – Polycarp Ikuenobe • African Philosophy and African Renaissance – Vuyisile Msila • A critique of Africanised Curricula in Higher Education: Possibilities for the African Renaissance – Mago Mndawe • Internationalisation and Africanisation – Jacqueline Witthuhn • The Pan-African Identity: :K\ FRQpLFW DQG FRPPXQLW\ identities continue to undermine collectivism – Wendy Isaacs- Martin • The Double-edged Sword: African languages under siege – BXS Ntombela • Towards Africa’s Renewal: Decolonisation, Black Consciousness and the youth – Vuyisile Msila • Democratising and Sustaining the Development Process in Africa: Some basic concepts and options – OJ Obodozie • The Struggling Urban Woman: *HQGHUHG LGHQWLWLHV UH GHoQHG and (re) interpreted in new social environment – Vuyisile Msila • Inventing Mythologies, Rational &RQpLFW LQ D 6WDWH RI $IULFDQ 3ROLW\ – Saba Saakana • Offerings of Women in the Transformation of African Higher Education – Collins Potokri Prof Vuyisile Msila, who edited the book, is the Head of the Institute for African Renaissance Studies at Unisa. His research focuses on general leadership and management as well as professional development of principals. He has also conducted research in African leadership models and has a keen interest in the Africanisation of the curriculum. Decolonising Knowledge for Africa’s Renewal Author: Edited by Prof Vuyisile Msila Reviewer: Sharon Preston ORDER INFORMATION The book can be purchased from Knowledge Resources: Ground floor, Yellowwood House, Ballywoods Office Park, 33 Ballyclare Drive, Bryanston. Contact 011 706 6009, Available online at: BOOK REVIEW 48