Graduating into Modernity with Science, Technology, Innovation and Knowledge (STIK)


What does it take to uncover Modernity?  Is it necessary for Africa to re-conquer itself and break away from its ideological, mythological and other forms of dependence? How can Africa really take control of herself, by herself and for herself through uncovering a distinctive Modernity? And how can science, technology, innovation and knowledge become decisive in these regards?


Classical science, technology, innovation and knowledge (STIK) approaches do not put enough emphasis on the structural-constitutional issues that have stabilized many African countries into a pre-modern technological regime (with some growing islands of modernization). How can these countries graduate into some form of modernity - largely defined by a more intensive, rational, unfettered and democratic use of science, technology and knowledge?


Perhaps free-thinkers and scientists could be influential in supporting and propelling the idea of a Techno-Scientific Modernity. They could call for African countries to embrace the mega-project concept.  Member states could commit themselves to processes leading to its realization, such as building capacities for acquiring and assimilating critical techno-scientific knowledge in strategic areas, like agriculture, industry, health, education, energy, water, communication, and others, in line and in full support of NEPAD. But more importantly, the commitment could orient Heads of State to processes such as building capacities for reconstructing, converting or renovating current traditional knowledge systems.  These could include Africanizing, decolonizing, indigenizing, liberating, reconstructing, re-cosmologizing, re-mythologizing, re-charlatanizing, re-prophetizing, re-sacralizing and re-deifying processes for a new African adventure, driven by STIK.