Fela’s music can decolonise international law in African universities


Babatunde Fagbayibo, University of South Africa

International law in African universities is still taught within a
rigid Eurocentric context. Changing this is important, but also
incredibly difficult given how entrenched the current approach is.

Surprisingly Nigerian musician Fela Ransome-Kuti (1938 – 1997) might have something to offer in helping crack the problem. The Afrobeat pioneer has a lot to offer any teacher wanting to decolonise the teaching and understanding of international law.

The curriculum of international law in many African universities, like those in Latin America and Asia, still links
seminal moments in the development of international law to European
history, and refer to European thinkers as “fathers” of the subject.

There is little or no reference to how…

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