Explaining Intellectual Fatigue and Malaise in Kenya
By Maurice N. Amutabi
There is an increasing level of ambivalence, apathy and intellectual disengagement that is worrying many public intellectuals in Kenya. Things were never like that. Kenya has many intellectual giants and should cede space to foreign intellectuals many of whom cannot adequately speak about Kenya in ways that are deep and more informed. Because of the vacuum, we are increasingly seeing pieces written by foreigners begin to dominate our local newspapers and magazines. Our university students have no role models and wonder how to write critical pieces. University lecturers are busy moonlighting, campus shuttling, selling eggs and farming, while university students are busy entering contents as dancers and DJs, while others are taking to modelling and other types of part time engagements that have no connection with what they are doing on campus.
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