Emily A. Akuno, Donald O. Ondieki, Peter L. Barasa, Simon P. Otieno, Charity M. Wamuyu & Maurice O. Amateshe. CODESRIA, Dakar, 244p., ISBN est 978-2-86978-7179-9
The role of higher education in establishing structures and procedures in society and industry is clearly articulated in scholarly discussions. The narrative has recently taken a new momentum in Kenya with acknowledgement of the creative industry, a eld that involves many youth, as an area that impacts on the economy. In unravelling the link between higher education and industry, the authors focus on leadership and governance in higher education and its expected and perceived contribution to the shaping of the creative industry. Through analysis of ve cases, the authors interrogate the processes and structures that govern the teaching and practice of the creative subjects, noting how these affect the creative industry in Kenya.
This book approaches the creative disciplines from the perspectives of the students, lecturers and university administrators. The three voices provide a balanced view of what higher creative arts education in Kenya is. The multiple authorship of the book further provides a balanced account of the development of these disciplines in higher education, and their growth in industry. The key concepts here are the development of the creative industry and how higher education should contribute to the same.
Emily Achieng’ Akuno (PhD) is professor of music at the Technical University of Kenya, where she is also the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology.
Donald Otoyo Ondieki holds a PhD in Music Performance and Education from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. He is currently the Director of the Permanent Presidential Music Commission, the government department that oversees the music industry in Kenya.
Peter L. Barasa (PhD) is currently Acting. Deputy Principal (Academics, Student Affairs & Research) Alupe University College Busia - a Constituent College of Moi University, Kenya. He is a Professor of Language Education.
Simon Peter Otieno (PhD) is a graduate of the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Apart from being a consultant for the high pro le Japanese lm titled ‘Lion Standing in the Wind’ he has also written and directed lms for the Kenya Schools and Colleges Film Festival.
Charity Muraguri Wamuyu is a lecturer and teacher educator at Thogoto Teachers’ Training College in Kikuyu, Kenya. Her ongoing PhD is in the area of dance, a subject that forms the core of her mentorship and training programmes.
Maurice Okutoyi Amateshe is a graduate of Kenyatta University, with a PhD degree in music. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Music and Dance at Kenyatta University, where he is also in charge of the university’s TV and Radio Station.