The great scholar N.T Wright, describes a worldview a NOT a view of the world BUT a view through a world of the world. We live in the world of worldviews, in fact, Pope Francis was quoted as saying that the world is already in the middle of the 3rd world war and it is a war of world views.
But, it must be said that most of the views of the world being promoted and experienced has been mostly a Western or in the words of Philip Jenkins a “Global North” inspired view of the world. There is a view of this global space that is hardly seen or there is a reality about this world that is less explored – THE AFRICAN VIEW OF THE WORLD. I believe the world currently walks with a limp because the African piece of the Global puzzle is missing.
The story of Africa has been told by many, the challenges analyzed by many and the potentials of the continent eulogized by many but mostly through NON-AFRICAN WORLDVIEW.
BGU continues its rich tradition of offering leaders the unique opportunity of taking a plunge into cities and using is a laboratory for transforming research in seeking Shalom. The 2020 Nairobi City Immersion follows BGU’s consistent presence over a decade in Africa developing key city leaders in the areas of leadership, work, urban transformation, peace and justice in the face of corruption and attendant under-development.
Africa is a huge continent with rich resources and ancient civilizations coming to age as new nations emerging from last century’s transition from colonialism through neo-colonialism to a search for the restoration of her unique identity and are gradually taking their place in world’s stage. As Christian influence is declining in most of the west, it is exploding in Africa. Africa is essential to understanding God’s global movements in the present and future.
The challenges and opportunities of ancient cultures are important while building new nations. Most African nations were founded after the fall of colonial rule in the middle of the last century and are displaying the patterns of emerging nations similar to the US and other nations who experienced civil wars and other key defining events in their first 100 years. The echoes of past colonial abuses are too often not understood as they continue to shape current politics. The last general elections in Kenya was not without serious violence claiming many innocent lives. How can Christians steward these unique formational opportunities to shape the soul of their nations for centuries to come?
The city of Nairobi is uniquely positioned to give scholar practitioners, community transformation practitioners, and all called to Transformational Leadership the much-needed view of the world through the African eyes. Participants will have the opportunity of visiting the rich neighborhoods of Karen, Muthianga and Kitisuru for signs of hope and the Urban slum of Kibera for signs of need.
The 2020 BGU Nairobi Immersion will expose the students to various transformational leadership principles and practices in an African global city and glean transferable principles for contextual integration into their personal life and ministry. Students will be immersed in the African city that is arguably with the most Western influence considering the presence of international organizations, Christian Missions and tourism. This course will focus on the current transformational leadership challenges of concentrated poverty and the opportunities presented by concentrated wealth especially the UNIQUE HOME-GROWN SOLUTIONS being deployed for the transformation of African nations through the lens of the City of Nairobi and the implications of these realities for a globalized world.
Dr. Dotun Reju
BGU Professor of Transformational Leadership and Theology of Work