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January 2018

Confronting Bigoted Obscenity and Flawed Discourse: The Role of African Intellectuals1443651948496

Damtew Teferra is Professor of Higher Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and Founding Director of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa. He is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of African Higher Education. Teferra steers the Higher Education Cluster of the Africa Union’s Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA). He may be reached at and



Africa is in the global spotlight yet again. The US president’s demeaning bigotry laced with (alleged) obscenity against African countries has recently dominated the news. In reaction, 78 former US ambassadors to 48 African countries co-signed a letter to him expressing “deep concern”.

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The International Network of Higher Education in Africa is hosted at The University of Kwazulu-Natal and closely affiliated with the Boston College Center for International Higher Education. The Network is led by its founding director, Professor Damtew Teferra. Numerous initiatives of the Network are supported by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.