ERIC Number: ED231684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Western Education and Political Leadership in Africa: The Ghana Experience.
Boateng, Felix A.
Contrary to the conventional notion that the principles of Western higher education were significant factors in predisposing Western educated Africans toward political liberation movements, this paper attempts to demonstrate that factors more complex than the ideals of Western higher education were involved. Specifically, the paper argues that it is not the revolutionary or the non-revolutionary ideals or content of Western education that have inspired the intellectuals to initiate liberation movements, but rather it was their own personal interests nurtured by the politics of colonialism that forced these academics into the field of politics. Evidence is drawn from the Ghana experience to demonstrate that colonial politics deprived the intellectuals of any meaningful role in the colonial system and, as a result, they were pushed into the political arena to lead the struggles for independence and decolonization. It is concluded that after assuming leadership, these intellectuals have rather contributed to the perpetuation of neo-colonialism and other problems of decolonization on the African continent. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on the Third World (5th, Omaha, NE, October 27-30, 1982).