Politics of the belly has turned many of our universities into ethnic enclaves

What you need to know:

  • French political scientist Jean-François Bayart used this phrase, borrowed from Cameroonian political discourse to describe the patron-client relations in Africa, in his book.
  • Naturally, it was expected that a prominent member from the community would head the newly established institution and further percolate the reward process downwards.
  • To this day, the positions of the heads of the university institutions are seen as a way through which the wielders of political power reward particular communities.

In the recent past, media reports have emerged of rising tribalism in both private and public universities.

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