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Student Activism In The University Of Nairobi And Democratic Space (1970 – 1992)

November 5, 2013

by Mwongela Kamencu


"This presentation draws upon my Master’s Project paper on Student Activism in the University of Nairobi and Democratic space between 1970 and 1992. The study examines the background of student activism in Kenya’s largest and oldest public University which came into being in July of 1970. It traces the beginnings of student activism to the years before and after independence when the University was a College. It then gives a narrative on Student Activism in the University as the Kenyan state moved from a de facto one party system, to a de jure one party system and finally to a multiparty system. In my presentation, I will link student activism to these national developments as well as internal affairs in the university. In addition, I will argue that student activism within this period was caused and heightened by the opening and closing up of democratic space within the University and outside it. Student demonstrations and protests will be examined and analysed in the presentation with a view of validating this argument."

Mwongela Kamencu

Mwongela Kamencu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and History from the University of Nairobi and is presently pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in History at the same institution. Kamencu is also a Hip Hop and Spoken Word artist who has performed at major creative events around the country and most recently at the Goethe-Institut and Kwani? Trust Spoken Word Project, 2013.

Thursday, 7th November 2013 11.00AM

British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi

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