This piece should be prefaced with: Notes for the New Generation of African Intellectuals. If you are not prepared to re-examine your conventional attitude to Africa's intellectual history, please ignore Ikhide's latest post, for it will make you sad. But then, some has got to speak some sad truths.
Okay, this is the way I interpret it.
Truth hurts. The truth of the African intellectual history is that most scholars have expended their intellectual capital defining Africa to the world, attacking those who shaped Africa's image in the West. One of the unintended consequences is the utter negligence of the human condition in various African cultures. I respect Ikhide for pointing this out. Hopefully, the new generation of intellectuals will just ignore the gaze of the West, and begin to ask questions that will make us Nigerians, Africans begin to take one another as seriously as we should; questions that will urge us to create a sound moral environment in which life can begin to flourish. Is Ikhide the gadfly we’ve been waiting for? To me he is. If I had not been mulling over some of his concerns before now, I would humbly add my name to his converts.