Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu is a researcher, teacher, non-fiction and fiction writer, and a public intellectual. Chika holds a Ph.D. in African Development and Policy Studies from Howard University in Washington D.C.
I discovered Chika in a recent TED talk, where she talks about how Africa can use its traditional knowledge to make progress, and I immediately emailed her an invitation to join experimentQ podcast. I am a big believer in learning experiences crafted with respect to local identity and cultural context, and I was looking forward to Chika’s perspective.
This was the first distance / aka Skype recorded interview, between Mumbai and California, and I am immensely grateful for Chika who offered almost 2 hours of her time, for us to uncover stories leading to a career as indigenous knowledge expert, the current state of curriculum on the continent and a vision for the future of Africa, when it comes to education, dignity and progress.
03:25 - A life of asking questions. Chika's biography
05:05 - A question from Episode 05's guest
07:50 - On human beauty and truth
10:30 - Hashtags game: Seek - Believe
12:00 - Why education?
14:40 - Wow learning experiences in 2017
17:15 - On competition in schools and communities
19:20 - African gift inspirations
20:40 - On failure and success
25:00 - The mission to build dignity for the Africans.
28:15 - On starting a career in Indigenous Knowledge Systems
33:40 - People who contributed to indigenous knowledge development
35:10 - From banking to a truth seeker
39:25 - Convictions about African curriculum over time
43:50 - On documenting and sharing indigenous knowledge
47:40 - How to bring African authenticity into the mainstream and youth culture?
54:30 - The tragedy of losing community knowledge
59:05 - Two scenarios for the future of education on the African continent
1:02:20 - Building space for kids’ self-awareness/discovery
1:04:50 - Learning environments for offline schools
1:06:55 - How can we recognise learning experience outside schools?
1:16:30 - Enlightened human beings
1:20:50 - The role of parents and communities for better learning
1:28:15 - Books and authors on African Indigenous Knowledge
1:32:10 - Advice for educators
1:34:10 - Advice for young students
1:36:00 - If I were the Minister of Education in an African country
1:39:00 - Open mic: Africa is blooming
1:41:10 - A question from the community member - Freddy
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