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By Thandika Mkandawire

In comparison with Asia or Latin the USA, Africa has skilled a lot better charges of emigration of its intelligentsia to North the USA and Europe, and common displacement in the continent. This infrequent assessment of the background, destiny and destiny roles explores their courting to nationalism and the Pan African undertaking; the indigenous language of African intellectuals; girls intellectuals; and the position of the increasing African educational diaspora.

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The signs are there that the tide may be turning for the better in Africa. Despite the vicissitudes it has gone through, the partial successes and the frustrations it has known, the democratisation movement that has been making its way through the continent since the early nineties attests to a new impulse for reform. This suggests a groundswell moving Africa towards a new internal order. It is essential that this new order be marked by a reprise of the modernity project. (Irele 2000) 41 African intellectuals and nationalism Taken seriously, the nihilistic posture informing this criticism would have undermined the strong humanistic concerns that have sustained African scholarship all these years.

They either belonged to racial or ethnic minorities than were systematically excluded from power, or were exiled scholars who could not be expected to influence local politics or insult their host countries. One has only to look at such debates as ‘the Kenya Debate’ or the ‘Dar Debates’ to see what I mean. 16 Mkandawire | 2 with. First, in the early years the triumphant nationalists, armed with impeccable testimonies to their personal commitment to the nation (many years in exile or detention), stood on very high moral ground.

As for freedom, well, had not the entire nation just fought for and won that? Those in a position to demand higher standards of liberty in both public and private life were not only few; they 27 African intellectuals and nationalism intellectual values as freedom, the cultivation of critical attitudes, and a Mkandawire | 2 were also under a cloud of social suspicions, because after all they too were privileged people. And the concept of freedom as an absolute necessity, the central value of an enterprise on modernity, was never invoked in any social framework.

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