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We want to boost African Studies on the Continent, an interview with Professor Grace A. Musila

Stellenbosch University in South Africa plays host to one of Africa’s important literary and cultural scholars, Prof. Grace Ahingula Musila. Recently in Kampala for the second East African Literary and Cultural Studies conference, TIA’s Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire sought her for a chat.

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What’s the matter with Stellenbosch University?

One afternoon, during my final year of high school, I first found myself at Stellenbosch University (also known as University of Stellenbosch) on a tour of potential universities in the Western Cape, South Africa’s south-western province. Walking around the various buildings on campus and after a quick stopover in the Neelsie, the university’s mall, I hesitated at the thought of studying there–besides, they didn’t offer what I thought I wanted to do for the rest of my life at the time. So I spent my undergraduate years at the University of Cape Town instead. However, a decade-and-a-bit and some career adjustments later, I am back at SU as a Masters student in the Visual Art department.

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New African journalism centre launched in South Africa

South Africa’s Stellenbosch University (SU) has launched its new journalism centre, Mediafrica. The new centre will become the base for developing well-trained, professional media workers who can competently tell Africa’s story, and report objectively on important issues affecting the continent.

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