Individual versus national aspirations

In this brief commentary, I reflect on what seems to have been a bane of  progress in post-colonial African countries: the tension between individual and national (state) aspirations. Here, national aspirations are seen as the vision of the elite, perhaps even narrower, the political elite, of a country about the expected future of the country. …

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What took them there? Educational aspirations and intra-African scholarship

Late last year, I sent out a single question ‘why did you choose to study in South Africa?’ to a network of South African students. What I found was quite interesting, and something I might want to pursue once I complete my degree. See abstract below. ... Narratives of African students studying internationally often focus on …

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