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The Search for Authoritative Sources

Having appreciated how daunting it is to determine a source as authoritative, as news, and on which to base decision-making, I surmise that the place of authoritative sources in decision-making has remained the same from time immemorial. What is important is to appreciate that there are different cultural centres. One needs to be aware of whose central logic they are basing their thought processes and decision-making. For Africa and for Africans, it is important that we try as much as possible to locate within the cultural centres of our pre-colonial ancestors. For this to happen, we need to take the journey of self-discovery and to de-colonise our minds. We should embrace the wisdom of Ngugi wa Thiong’o that is contained in his book: “Moving the centre – the struggle for cultural freedoms”.

This is an extract from a presentation that Ms. Norah Owaraga, CPAR Uganda Ltd Managing Director, made during The 15th IREN East Africa Media Forum that was themed “Democracy – Fake News Industry – Economy”; May, 24-27, Mombasa Kenya. Read the full presentation here


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