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A Decolonial Intent. Lalage Bown and the Emergence of an African Voice

  • Budd L. Hall
  • Michael Omolewa

Our chapter provides evidence of Lalage’s decolonial intent through two narratives linked to two conferences. First is the story of her work as Secretary for the two sessions of the International Congress of Africanists actually held in Africa. The second is a close-up look of Lalage’s vision of what a truly transformative African approach to education for liberation looked like. Michael Omolewa, with his historical touch, has drawn on documents from Lalage’s papers in the Oxford University archives and elsewhere. The second story comes from Budd Hall’s personal experience working with Lalage on the organising of the 1971 meeting of the African Association of Adult Education in Dar es Salaam. Taken together these stories provide insights into Lalage’s commitment to providing space for African intellectuals and political leaders to rise from the colonial constraints of the day as well as to her ideas about the practical work needed to break colonial chains politically and institutionally. We close with a poem, a tribute to Lalage written by Budd on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

  • Keywords:
  • African Studies,
  • Decolonisation,
  • Nigeria,
  • Nyerere,
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Budd L. Hall

University of Victoria, Canada - ORCID: 0000-0003-0478-4546

Michael Omolewa

University of Ibadan, Nigeria - ORCID: 0000-0001-8976-4581

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Chapter Title

A Decolonial Intent. Lalage Bown and the Emergence of an African Voice

Authors

Budd L. Hall, Michael Omolewa

Language

English

DOI

10.36253/979-12-215-0253-4.17

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2023

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Book Title

Adult Education and Social Justice: International Perspectives

Editors

Maria Slowey, Heribert Hinzen, Michael Omolewa, Michael Osborne

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

324

Publication Year

2023

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© 2023 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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Firenze University Press

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10.36253/979-12-215-0253-4

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979-12-215-0252-7

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Studies on Adult Learning and Education

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2704-596X

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2704-5781

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