The contributors to this volume offer an original approach to debates about indigenous knowledge. Concentrating on the political economy of knowledge construction and dissemination, they look at the variety of ways in which development policies are received and constructed to explain how local knowledges are appropriated and recast, either by local elites or by development agencies. Until now, debates about indigenous knowledge have largely been conducted in terms of agricultural and environmental issues such as bio-piracy and gene patenting. The book opens up the theoretical debate to include areas such as post-war traumatic stress counselling, representations of nuclear capability, architecture, mining, and the politics of eco-tourism.
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Ferdinand Oyono has really done a great work with this fictional work.
My take on this work is that Oyono has successfully expose to us the rigorous experience of Africans with the White men.
And the most pathetic aspect of the believe of we Africans is that we do not value ourselves, we only value to white man's belief and his culture. Oyono has really portrayed this in the life of Toundi when he has to be the houseboy of the Commander. Toundi said "a dog of a king is the king of all dogs...) Imagine a man comparing himself to a dog and comparing a white man to be a king.
We Africans have to change our metality and value ourselves.
Once again, I will say Ferdinand Oyono is a great Author with so many texts he has published such as The Old Man and the Medal, and so on.
By Comr. Apalowo Josiah Adewale
About the themes in the novel houseboy