The African governments are notoriously averse to expert advice often preferring the simplistic solutions and perspectives of the court jesters. This time though the complexity of the issues facing regional, local and global societies are forcing the experts and scholars back into the frontline. How will the insecure regimes coexist with these rising intellectuals?
The Elephant/Africa Uncensored in conversation with Dr Alex Awiti, a Resilience Specialist and Vice Provost - East Africa, Aga Khan University.
Prof. Elisio Macamo is a sociologist from Mozambique, currently a professor of African Studies at the University of Basel. Prof. Macamo argues that the current raft of COVID-19 mitigation measures are potentially disastrous for Africa: "The cure is worse than the disease", "We are committing suicide because we fear death."
The Elephant in conversation with Dr Chambi Chachage, a Tanzanian professor of African Studies at Princeton University.
Dr David Ndii in conversation with Prof Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and professor at Columbia University.
The Elephant/Africa Uncensored in conversation with Dr. Adia Benton, an Associate Professor of cultural anthropology at the Northwestern University, USA. Dr. Benton specialises in global health, biomedicine, development, humanitarianism, political economy, race, gender, sports, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, USA. She is the author of the award-winning book HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone (University of Minnesota, 2015), that explores the treatment of AIDS as an exceptional disease and the recognition and care that this takes away from other diseases and public health challenges in poor countries.
The Elephant/Africa Uncensored in conversation with Dr. Njoki Mwarumba is an Assistant Professor, Emergency Management and Disaster Science at the University of Nebraska Omaha and a specialist on pandemics.
The Elephant in conversation with Patrick Gathara, a Kenyan journalist, award-winning cartoonist, blogger, and author. He is also a regularly published commentator on regional and international affairs.
Muthoni DQ is a singer, songwriter, flow-poet, creative and social entrepreneur and founder of Blankets and Wine which has been instrumental in shaping and steering the Kenyan music industry.
The Elephant hosts a conversation with Wanjiru Gikonyo – National coordinator at The Institute for Social Accountability, Charles Warria is currently the Chief Operations and Learning Officer at iGov Africa and Miriam W. Oiro Omolo, PhD is the Executive Director at the African Policy Research Institute (APRI).