Like it or hate it varsities are evolving in Kenya and the culture in them too. From an alleged University Of Nairobi trend in India to Strathmore’s ‘Kendrick Lamar Exam Question’ in which the 4th year Actuarial Science and Financial Economics students had to undertake a compulsory question testing them of the dangers of Consumerism and guess what the reference was? Yes, an excerpt from Kendrick Lamar’s song ‘Vanity Slaves’.
The question read “In the words of Kendrick Lamar (popular rapper of the good kid, m.a.ad city fame), ‘If you get your first big cheque and you cop before you buy a house. You’re a vanity slave.’ In the song Vanity Slave, Mr Lamar speaks openly about mindless consumerism. Explain three dangers of consumerism. (6 marks)”
This is however not the first time an Artist’s work has gotten integrated with University as Adidja Palmer aka Vybz Kartel and Michael Dawson’s book ‘Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto‘ sits on the shelves of Princeton University despite resistance in Jamaica of having the book taught in schools.