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PAN-AFRICAN SERIES: CULTURALLY CASTRATED: WHY LITERATURE SHOULD NURTURE US BACK TO CULTURAL HEALTH?


Ugandan prolific writer Okot p’Bitek in the preliminary pages of the Song of Lawino echoes the foundation for Curriculum Change. He records

In the educational section, break down the walls that surround our schools and universities, and let the people who know our culture teach our people. Let us Africanise our Curriculum in a meaningful manner. Let African Culture be the core of our Curriculum and foreign culture be at its peripher

In “MY Husband’s House is a Dark Forest” the author uses the main character Lawino to critic Western education. She lamppons the formal western education system for being responsible for Ocol’s alienation. Lawino’s ideas about education and its effects on the African recipient are contained in. “INDIGENOUS SOCIAL ILLS” (IN AFRICA’S CULTURAL REVOLUTION 1973: 6-14) Okot in this essay complains that Western formal education produces graduates who cannot realte to their counteymen:
Overdressed in his dark suit he walks out of the University gate, out into the world, materially comfortable, but culturally castrated, dead. A lost victim of the school system, he cannot dance the dance or play the music of the people.

In the final Chapter “LET THEM PREPARE THE MALAWANG DISH”
Lawino in her submission turns to her husband Ocol and urges him to accept to be purged of the Western influences and return to his people. Like one on the brink of death she suggests the he can be nurtured back to cultural health after which he should make peace with his ancestors by visiting the ancestral shrine thereby re-accepting the religious rites and rituals of his people. Finally after he is fully re-accepted in the community their marriage can once again work.

The Education system has the society where it wants the people to be.
The hottest topic receiving media attention is only made possible because as a society we are culturally castrated and need to be nurtured back to culturally health.
Homosexuality will have no place in a culturally health society. But it shall continue to be given media attention for as long as we remain culturally castrated and dead.

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