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Knowledge Creation and Dissemination in Africa: Africa’s development depends on building knowledge societies

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On August 26 and 27, 2022, Alafarika for Studies and Consultancy organized its first virtual symposium titled “Knowledge Creation and Dissemination in Africa”, in which researchers in African affairs from Morocco, Nigeria, Mali, Mauritania, Egypt, and the Central African Republic participated. The participants commended this initiative for giving great importance to knowledge, its creation and dissemination, and considering it an initial and basic building block for developing and progressing in Africa.

The two-day session dealt with issues related to influencing African policy and politics with knowledge, the process of knowledge management for development; the role of the media in creating knowledge societies; and the challenges facing academic publishing and potential solutions. It also touched on the relationship between philosophy and human development in the African context and how revolutions and movements demanding change can be directed based on the knowledge that provides answers to the state-building and development that the continent needs in the twenty-first century and the digital age, in addition to the potential of investigative and data journalism to contribute to Africa’s prosperity.

With regard to creating knowledge societies and influencing African politics, the speakers revealed that consultancy institutions are one of the means of influencing knowledge creation processes if these institutions are rooted in local issues and are experts in initiatives that touch the needs of the population and citizens. The speakers stressed that civilizations and advanced societies throughout history have depended on knowledge and actors in disseminating human sciences. Despite the lack of interest of some current African governments in knowledge, its means and tools for its dissemination, the history of Africa, its civilizations and kingdoms in different regions confirmed that Africa has rich experience in this regard. What is required today is to study these historical achievements and support the creativity of young people that may limit the brain drain in many African countries, in addition to attaching the utmost importance to educational institutions and their outputs.

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Knowledge management is a necessary process for development because it relates to many sensitive areas and is an essential means of successful management. Knowledge management elevates knowledge to the forefront of any government or political system’s success by emphasizing the knowledge capabilities of individuals, universities, and research institutions that facilitate access to knowledge, participation in it, distribution, preservation, and retrieval.

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The impact of globalization and the rapid technological change in human societies make knowledge the basis of domination and influence. All indicators show that the strength of tomorrow’s world will be determined by the interest in human capital and the exploitation of the energies and capabilities of the continent’s population in sustainable human development. In terms of knowledge management and development, there is a need to move from theories to real-life applications to meet the challenges of the continent and the rapid transformations in all fields without neglecting data technologies, which collect and categorize information to enable users of knowledge systems and services to access them when necessary. All of this can be achieved through interviews and dialogues with experts and actors in national development policies, humanities, and modern methods that reflect positively on African societies and enable African countries to compete globally.
There are great tasks on the shoulders of African media institutions due to their relationship with the processes of creating knowledge societies at a time when global media ignore the role of Africans in crystallizing global knowledge and the information explosion. Today, digital media plays some of the roles of traditional media, influencing different African societies and stages. However, the role of the media should not be limited to the use of various means to highlight developments and experiences in African countries, their civilizations and history or to publicize their tourism sectors. The relationship between the media and the dissemination of knowledge is a relationship of mutual influence that can be observed in concepts related to human values, the crucible of communication and understanding. The information revolution and technological innovations the continent’s youth seize today in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, and other African countries to develop the financial, agricultural, and health sectors.

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The process of scientific research and academic publishing is one of the means of developing and changing society. It is also one of the tools through which sustainable development can be achieved. Thus, creating and influencing knowledge societies requires addressing the challenges facing academic publishing in Africa and the weak governmental attention to the results of research projects and recommendations of conferences and research sessions that may contribute to promoting development.

A noticeable lack of publishing and distribution centres for works, academic books, and scientific journals within Africa is one indicator of the crisis in academic publishing in Africa. At the same time, education curricula and teaching methods in several African countries are rooted in the colonial era and ideas that strengthen Western scientific institutions while weakening African scientific institutions that are already short of the necessary infrastructural resources.

Speakers in the “Knowledge Creation and Dissemination in Africa” symposium also pointed out that African philosophy can help us understand the problems facing the creation of knowledge and enhance the patterns of knowledge production that the continent needs. Furthermore, studying African history and philosophy may determine the African position towards modern science and contemporary issues, especially since knowledge based on African philosophical foundations may transform African societies into freer societies and can provide answers to the most important factors contributing to political, social, and economic inequality.

The COVID-19 crisis has shown the repercussions of the lack of independent and effective scientific research, sufficient scientific and technological resources, and the lack of manufacturing capabilities in the global south in general and Africa in particular. As a result, most African health care systems relied on the so-called “goodwill” of the global north and foreign vaccines.

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The recent protests and political transformations in Africa indicated that most movements calling for change were not based on knowledge foundations that meet the state-building processes Africa needs in the twenty-first century. This is despite the fact that between 2005 and 2014, 40 out of 54 countries on the African continent witnessed widespread protests and uprisings in their various forms at the local and national levels. The knowledge equation lies in the repeated mistakes of these movements and that some of these uprisings often exacerbate the situation in the countries where they occur. Knowledge gaps can also be seen in the ideologies and parties that refuse to bring about the continent’s desired social and political changes.

In conclusion, the participants praised the role of investigative and data journalism in promoting African prosperity based on knowledge, as data and statistical information should contribute to achieving good governance and revealing corporate and institutional corruption and social injustice, in addition to presenting powerful and influential stories and revealing the truth. Thus, data is a mirror to confirm or deny a particular phenomenon or issue and a means of exploring its direction and foreseeing its future trend.

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ICPC Re-Arrests Former JAMB Registrar Ojerinde

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), on Thursday, re-arrested the former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Adedibu Ojerinde, in Abuja.

ICPC spokesperson Azuka Oguguwa, said in a statemement that Mr Ojerinde, who is currently undergoing corruption trial, was re-arrested after he allegedly refused to honour its invitations over fresh allegations of corruption.

“The commission had on the 12 December, 2022, invited the former JAMB Registrar for questioning over the new evidence but he wrote through his solicitor requesting for 14 days grace to enable him honour the invitation.

“Mr Ojerinde, however, refused to honour the invitation as undertaken by his counsel after the expiration of the 14 days grace on 27th December, 2022,” the statement read in part.

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According to reports, Mr Ojerimde was re-arrested by operatives of the commission after a court hearing before Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, in Abuja, where he is standing trial on 18 charges of diversion of public funds to the tune of N5 billion.

The ICPC had arraigned him before the court on 8 July 2021.

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“As he’s richer than Davido, no questioning why he is celebrating his birthday on water” Mixed reactions trail Otedola’s 60th birthday celebration

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Mixed reactions have trailed billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola’s forthcoming 60th birthday celebration.

The Heute news reported earlier that the Femi Otedola was set to host an extravagant 60th birthday celebration.

Femi Otedola had spent 3 million pounds, which is about a 2.2billion naira to rent Aristotle Onassis’ Christina O super luxury yacht ahead of his 60th birthday.

Femi Otedola’s birthday celebration

The Heute reports that in celebration of his 60th birthday which holds this Friday, November 4th, the astute businessman and Chairman of Geregu, rented the super yacht.

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The super yacht belongs to one of Femi Otedola’s childhood idols, the late Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis, who was once regarded as the richest man in the world.

Otedola rented the yacht to celebrate his 60th birthday in it with his family and friends.

The yacht will sail for three weeks around the Mediterranean Sea.

Otedola was filmed entering the yacht with his family and son-in-law-to-be, Mr. Eazi, this afternoon.

Many are having a field day reacting to the news. While some cheered on him to live his best life, others faulted him for being insensitive to Davido’s son’s death.

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Netizens fault Femi Otedola

One of the commenters queried why he would be celebrating his birthday on water, knowing well that Davido lost his first son by drowning.

Identified as Fair pantherlol, he wrote, “As he is richer than David nobody is gonna say how dare you celebrate your birthday on water when Ifeanyi died inside water

Another user identified as Sweetlikecupcake wrote, “Where are those people saying people shouldn’t move on because Ifeanyi is dead. Oya food is ready”

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One I am Judenj wrote, “The reason he made the money, is to live comfortably. So I don’t see any big deal in it, he has money! Let him enjoy it while he is still alive! Cos if he doesn’t! Next of kin go still run am down!

Praying for herself, one Wendy Rose wrote, “I’ll never be broke in my life

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Also offering prayers to himself, Stephiox Travels wrote, “God I want to be rich so I can rent the while sea on my way 60tb birthday

See some cheering comments below,

One Huskylala wrote, “This is wealth mennnn. And someone eating bread and tea everyday no let person rest

One Moye Brimz wrote, “If no be say I no dey like loud my birthday wetin be yatcht wey I no fit but??? I just no want make people dey think say I proud

Femi Otedola birthday celebration

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Lagos fixes date for Basic Education Certificate Examination resit

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The Lagos State Examinations Board has fixed October 6 as the new date for the 2022 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) resit.

Director of the Board, Orunsolu Adebayo made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday.

The examination, initially scheduled for September 28, would still take place in various designated centres across the state.

Adebayo explained that the postponement became necessary to accommodate schools yet to register their candidates.

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“The Board does not wish to deny the affected candidates the opportunity of taking the examination”, he noted.

The statement urged principals to take note of the new date and make best use of the extended date to ensure that affected candidates were duly informed.

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