Embattled Makerere University academic Stella Nyanzi has landed a research fellowship in South Africa.
Dr Nyanzi, now at Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), recently hit national headlines after refusing to teach on a PhD programme, and then stripping in protest against her boss, Prof Mahmood Mamdani.
An internal inquiry faulted Nyanzi, but the university has yet to resolve the matter. Now, however, she is headed south.
“I am very excited about starting my research fellowship at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies,” Nyanzi told us in a Facebook message.
“It is great to join an academic space that values the role of research and researchers in Africa. I am grateful to resume and plunge into producing academic research knowledge without any encumbrances. I was born to do research.”
Nyanzi said Makerere was wasting time investigation her: “Makerere University will be fine. Can you imagine they still have not decided about what to do with me? I am happy to resume my research and writing in a space that appreciates what I do.”
Asked whether she will miss Makerere, Nyanzi replied: “Makerere trained me for my bachelor’s degree. I think that I gave back to Makerere. I am now going ahead with my research and publishing…I can be a better comrade when I am doing what I do best: research and publishing.”
Source: The Observer.