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Historicising Borders: Studies in Nigerian Novels

More than ever before, border studies is enjoying scholarly attention and cutting across many disciplinary boundaries. The re-shaping of borders, triggered by globalisation and other trans-border historical events, has brought about the reassessment of the notion of borders as more than physical demarcations. Nonetheless, there has been little contribution from studies of African scholarship, and almost none from Nigeria, to the growing concern with and re-imagining of the border

Investigating the Onomastic Principles of Naming an Official Language: The Case of the Sepedi and Sesotho sa Leboa (Northern Sotho) Language Names

The main focus of the study embraced the investigation the onomastic principles and also the socio-cultural factors to be taken into consideration when naming an official language. The fundamental objective of the study was to consider the two names Sepedi and Sesotho sa Leboa, to decide which one should be used and to determine which name is supported by the investigated onomastic principles of naming a language (official).

Transformation in Question? An appraisal of how the Eastern Cape Department of Education fosters diversity and equity in Eastern Cape schools

While diversity and equity in public education systems have been widely acknowledged to bolster the quality of learning, initiatives for their implementation have often been more effective on paper than in practice. In South Africa, studies have revealed that despite a plethora of diversity and equity transformational legislation, regulations and policies, there is a persistence of practices, attitudes and behaviour that are in stark contrast to the initiatives for fostering diversity and equity in the workplace.

Becoming Queer, Being African: Re-thinking an African Queer Epistemological Framework

This project was initiated by the need to read queer lives and subjectivities in Kenya in the face of the hostile and violent homophobic religious and nationalistic rhetoric. In this project, I argue that Kenya has become a site of and frame for the contradictions of queer liveability on one hand and queer fungibility on the other.

The experience of Black medical specialists in training at two medical schools in the Western Cape

Medical education has seen the increase of previously marginalised groups (Black, female, disabled) in undergraduate training. However, this shift is not as noticeable at postgraduate level. This has led to a number of calls for the transformation of medical education. Recent student protests in South Africa have illuminated issues of access and citizenship in higher education and have led to urgent calls for decolonised curricula and the transformation of higher education institutions.

Constitutional Crisis: Case Studies in the Decentralised Public Administration of Education in South Africa (2011 – 2015)

South Africa’s decentralised governance is in a constitutional crisis. This crisis is caused by the lack of an explicit naming and conceptualisation of decentralisation in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. Instead, the country relies on an implicit assumption that the state is a decentralised unitary state, which is reflected in the Constitution and ensuing legislation and regulations.

A critical analysis of media reporting on xenophobic behavior among students in selected South African universities

A number of theoretical and empirically proven studies have shown that the media exert varying degree of influence on audience members. The South African media framing and coverage of foreign nationals is a good example of this. Media critics and scholars hold that the way and manner foreign nationals are represented in South African media landscape contributes to the endemic xenophobic outbreaks in the country.

Civic Intervention Documentary: A Socio-culturally Attuned Rhetorical Address to the Neglect of South African Adolescent Orphans

n previous studies of the documentary film, a common approach speaks to the documentary’s ability to arrest social issues. This is often attributed to the documentary’s rhetorical address. But in most instances, there is a glaring oversight of the inter-affectivity between socio-cultural processes that frame social issues and the rhetorical principles of the documentary.

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