Decolonizing the Commentariat Contact List – UPDATED

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Here at DiA we get requests almost every day for @fromagehomme to give an interview or comment on a particular story from journalists around the world. We usually respond by saying that he is always happy to talk to the media, but have they first contacted researchers from the country concerned. Very often the response is “no”, and the most common reason given is that it is not easy to work out who to get in touch with. To put that right, we have created the Decolonizing the Commentariat Contact List.

Like our Decolonizing the Academy reading list, this contact list has been created in solidarity with the #BlackInTheIvory movement and those who wish to overcome global inequalities in the production of and access to knowledge and information. The list has been crowd sourced, so if someone is not on it, that is just because they have not been proposed yet – so please use the comments section at the end to share your recommendations. The list will be better the more people contribute, and we will endeavour to update it as regularly as possible. Last update: 20 September 2020.

You can download a PDF of the list here.

Please note that the aim of the list is to highlight independent and critical voices and so we have not included people that are clearly members or spokespeople for a particular political party. As we cannot store personal details in a public place, we provide the Twitter accounts/personal and institutional webpages through which individuals can be reached. If you struggle to contact anyone please send us an email and we will endeavour to put you in touch.

For now the contact list is arranged by country because this is how suggestions have come in – it does not in any way suggest that the individuals listed are country experts more than they are thematic experts. We hope to also have the contact list arranged by topic soon … please bear with us.

Finally, if you are included on the list but wish not to be, or would like to amend your details, just drop us a line here.

Name Areas of expertise Can be reached at …
     
Angola    
     
Carlos Pacatolo Party politics, elections, public opinion, democracy, development Work page
Paulo Faria Party politics, democracy, Development Facebook page
     
Benin    
     
Ella Abatan Governance, politics, extremism, also Mali and Niger @krisellan
     
Burkina Faso    
     
Habibou Fofana Media, labour, social movements Work page
     
Cameroon    
     
Claude-Richard Mbowu Conflict, Boko Haram in Cameroon Work page
Hubert Kinkoh Peace, security, Africa-China @hubertusking89
Lem Atanga

Gender, media, politics

@atanga_lilian
Leonide Awah Justice/rule and law, politics @AwahLeonide
Mimi Mefo

Politics, democracy, society

@mimimefo
Nadine Machikou Civil service, gender, politics @MachikouNadine
     
Cape Verde    
     
Eurídice Monteiro Gender, Democracy @eurymonteiro
Jose Maria Gomes Lopes Civil society, democracy, politics Facebook page
     
Côte d’Ivoire    
     
Arsène Brice Bado Democracy, elections @bricebado
Baudelaire Mieu Democracy, political economy @BMieu 
Francis Akindès Democracy, political economy, reconciliation Work page
Leonard Mbulle-Nziege Politics, elections, ResearchGate page
     
DRC    
     
Claude Iguma Wakeng Politics, mining, taxation ResearchGate page
Ilunga Mpanya Politics, aviation, aerospace, business strategy @i_mpyana
     
Eswatini    
     
Lungile Mabundza Gender, development, politics ResearchGate page
     
Ethiopia    
     
Yacob Mulugetta Climate change, environment and development Work page
Yohannes Woldemariam Politics, elections, political parties @Lionmatic
     
Kenya    
     
Al-Amin Kimathi Indigenous knowledge, human rights, social & ecological justice activist
David Ndii Development, economics, politics @DavidNdii
Godwin Murunga Politics, elections, constitutions, civil society @GodwinMurunga
Grace Musila Gender, race, arts and literature, comedy, tourism Work page
Jerotich Seii Environmental, socioeconomic & human rights activist
John-Allan Namu Media, politics, journalism @johnallannamu
Karuti Kanyinga Politics, elections, devolution, development @karutikk
Mordecai Ogada Environmental rights, human rights @m_ogada
Ken Opalo Politics, developments, parliamentary affairs @kopalo
Kimani Njogu Politics of language, democracy art, media
Lemayian Njenga Karugia Politics, political memory
Nanjala Nyabola Technology, democracy, leapfrogging. @nanjala1
Ngala Chome History, politics, Mombasa and coastal politics @NgalaChome
Njoki Wamai Politics, International Criminal Court, gender and human rights @njokiwamai
Patrick Gathara Politics, international affairs, satirist @gathara
Rasna Warah Politics, international affairs, development @RasnaWarah
Scovian Lillian Development, decentralization @RellyScovian
Shadrack Nasong’o Politics, constitutions, identity conflict, development Work page
Solomon Ambuku Governance, human rights, environment @solo_ambuku
Violet Matiru Environment, rural development @VMatiru
Wanjeri Nderu Human rights, mental health, politics @WanjeriNderu
Winnie Mitullah Politics, public administration, local governance, survey research @MitullahWinnie
Winnie Okello Engineering, intersectional identity @AfricaEngineeringNews
Zac Chiliswa Peacebuilding, democracy, online activism @zchiliswa
     
The Gambia    
     
Ayeshah Harun Justice @ayeshahHaru
Sait Matty Jaw Politics, justice @saitmatty
Salieu Taal Justice, politics @salieutaal
     
Ghana    
     
E.Gyimah-Boadi Democracy, elections, civil society, public opinion @gyimahboadi
H. Kwesi Prempeh Law, politics, civil society Work page
Kweku Opoku-Agyemong Development econ, artificial intelligence, foreign aid @Kweku_OA
Mary Setrana Migration, citizenship @mbsetrana
Victoria Okoye Urban development, feminism, youth @_ogoegbunam_
Wunpini F. Mohammed Media, communications, feminism, security @wunpini_fm
Razak M. Gyasi Ageing, health, social protection Work page
     
Guinea-Bissau    
     
Carlos Cardoso Anthropology, governance, citizenship Work page
Miguel de Barros Party politics,  elections development, civil society @debarros_en
     
Lesotho    
     
Moletsane Monyake Politics, corruption
     
Liberia    
     
Ibrahim al-Bakri Nyei Governance, politics @Ibnyei
Robtel Pailey Politics, corruption, social justice @RobtelNeajai
W. Gyude Moore Politics, policy, democracy @gyude_moore
     
Mali    
     
Fatima Al Ansar Foreign policy, politics, human rights @FatimaAlAnsar2
Gary Tounkara Daouda Migration, refugees Work page
     
Malawi    
     
Boniface Dulani Politics, elections, public opinion @bonidulani
Chimwemwe Fabiano Anne Humanitarian aid, gender, leadership, development @MwemweFabiano
Chisimo Kalinga Health, policy, oral history, gender @MissChisomo
Golden Matonga Politics, elections, rule of law @GoldenMatonga
Maziko Matemvu Gender, feminism, intersectional politics, youth @mazikospeaks
     
Mozambique    
     
Carlos Shenga Elections, political parties, democracy & COVID19 Work page
José Macuane Party politics, elections, public opinion, democracy, development, extractive industries @JaimeMacuane
Michael Sambo Political economy, Chinese investment Work page
Rosimina Ali Social inequality, employment, finance, political economy Work page
Salvador Forquilha Civil Society, decentralization, politics, conflict in northern Mozambique Work page
Sergio Chichava Politics and decentralisation, China and Brazil in Africa Work page
     
Namibia    
     
Alicia Ndlovu Political economy of development; extractive resources Work page
     
Niger    
     
Mahaman Tidjani Alou Regional security, judiciary, local state Work page
     
Nigeria    
     
Chiedo Nwankwor Gender, politics @ChiedoChichi
Chitra Nagarajan Climate change, conflict, feminism Personal website
Chukwumerije (Chuks) Okereke Global environmental politics, climate change Personal website
Cyril Obi Oil politics, conflict, peacebuilding Work page
Daniel Agbiboa Rule of law, Boko Haram, Security @DanielAgbiboa
Ebehi Iyoha Economy, trade @Ebehi_Iyoha
Fola Aina Security, politics, regional relations @folanski
Idayat Hassan Politics, development, social media @HassanIdayat
Nnimmo Bassey Environmental justice, civil society, arts, climate change @NnimmoB
 Ife Sinachi

Development, marine ecosystem, security

@DiplomaticIfe
Nonso Obikili Economics, historical legacies of colonialism, taxation @nonso2
Timothy Nubi Urban regeneration, development, housing Work page
Zainab Usman Economics, political-economy @MssZeeUsman
     
Rwanda    
     
Chantal Ingabire Peacebuilding, public health, youth @CIngabire1
David Mwambari Security, leadership, politics, comedy @dsfactories
Fred Golooba-Mutebi Politics, governance @FgoloobaMutebi
     
Senegal    
     
Amadou Sy Finance, aid, private investment @ASYAfrica
Barrel Gueye Education, social justice, gender LinkedIn Profile
Gilles Olakounlé Yabi Politics, development economics, political economy @YabiGilles
Oumar Ba Transitional justice, international institutions, International Criminal Court @oumarkba
     
Sierra Leone    
     
Andrew Lavali Governance, politics @andrewlavali
Ato Kwamena Onoma Refugees, immigration, land conflict, conflict, epidemics. LinkedIn Profile
Bintu Mansaray Health, policy, gender @BintuMansaray9
Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai Democracy, politics, human rights @saffaAbdulai
Marcella Samba Sesay Governance, politics @cellasey
Umaru Fofana Journalism, politics, elections @UmaruFofana
Vicky Remoe Politics, social media @VickieRemoe
     
Somalia    
     
Abdirashid Hashi Security issues, Somalia and the Horn of Africa @analystsomalia
Ikran Abdullahi Peace, security, gender @ikys2008
     
South Africa    
     
Amanda Rinquest Rights, civil society, inequality
Ayabonga Cawe Economics, development economics, public policy
Nicky Falkof Race, race relations and anxiety
Charles Fombad Rule of law, constitutionalism, politics Work page
Duma Gqubule Economic development, business, COVID19 @DumaGqubule
Eusebius McKaiser SA politics, race relations, philosophy @eusebius
Ferial Haffajee Journalism, politics, race @ferialhaffajee
Francis Nyamnjoh Media, politics, race relations, xenophobia, also Cameroon Work page
Jamil Farouk Politics, diversity studies, LGBT+ @JamilFarouk
Khadija Patel Journalism, politics, race relations, gender, religion. @khadijapatel
Keval Harie  LGBT+ issues, human rights @KevalHarie
Mandisa Shandu Rule of law, human rights, land and housing @MandiShandu
Mbongiseni Buthelezi Politics, civil service, traditional leadership, land @mbongi19
Lebohang Pheko Public policy, development @Liepollo9
Ranjeni Munusamy Journalism, politics @RanjeniM
Sebabatso Manoeli Racial equality, justice, Sudanese politics @SManoeli
Shireen Hassim Politics, gender, feminism Work page
Sithembile Mbete Politics, universities and education policy @sthembethe
Srila Roy Gender, violence Work page
William Gumede Leadership, politics, party politics @william_gumede
Tawanda Nyawasha Politics, violence, social policy Work page
     
South Sudan    
     
Ibrahim Magara Democracy, radicalization, peace processes @magara_i
Jimmy Awany Governance, peacebuilding, development Work page
     
Sudan    
     
Hala Y Alkarib Politics, gender justice, democracy @Halayalkarib
Isma’il Kushkush Politics, media @ikushkush
Jok Madut Jok Security governance, Sudan and South Sudan @jokmadut
Marwa Gibril Public policy, healthcare @MarwaGibril
     
Tanzania    
     
Aidan Eyakuze Politics, transparency @aeyakuze
Aikande C. Kwayu Politics, foreign aid, development, social media @aikande
Chambi Chachage Society, business, politics @Udadisi
Constantine Manda Development, economics poverty reduction, policy @msisiri
Elsie Eyakuze Politics, society, culture @MikocheniReport
Fatma Karume Rule of law, politics, gender @fatma_karume
Maria Sarungi Tsehai Media, communications @MariaSTsehai
Mwanahamisi Singano Gender, governance, economic justice @MSalimu
Thabit Jacob Resource governance, politics @ThabitSenior
     
Togo    
     
David Tchakoura Politics, diaspora, integration Email
     
Uganda    
     
Angelo Izama Politics, Oil, Regional Security Personal website
Anne Abaho Development, politics, elections LinkedIn Profile
David Walakira

Economics, budget, public finance management

@waks83
David N. Tshimba Politics, peacebuilding, conflict @DavidTshimba
Ganzi Muhanguzi

International Development, Media and Communications, Politics

@GanziMuhanguzi
Godber Tumushabe Law, policy analysis @GodberTumushabe
Jackie Kemigisa Politics, gender, feminism @JackyKemigisa
Pamela Khanakwa Land issues, political and social history of Eastern Uganda: LinkedIn Profile
Patrick Katabaazi Kiconco

Economics, public policy, economic social and cultural rights

@katabaazi25
Ramathan Ggoobi Economics @rggoobi
Tabu Butagira Politics, Regional Security @tbutagira 
     
Zambia    
     
Chibamba Kanyama Economy, political-economy @ChibambaFavour
Grieve Chelwa Economy, political-economy @gchelwa
Ndangwa Noyoo Party politics, elections, democracy @ndangwa_noyoo
Laura Miti Politics, society, gender, human rights @LauraMiti
Linda Kasonde Civil society, governance @LindaKasonde
Patience Mususa Privatization, development Work page
Sishuwa Sishuwa Politics, history, political leaders, democracy @ssishuwa
     
Zimbabwe    
     
Alex Magaisa Law, human rights. @wamagaisa
Bruce Mutsvairo Journalism, media, politics @bruce_mutsvairo
Mantate Mlotshwa Democracy, gender, human rights @MantateQueeneth
Mcdonald Lewanika  Civil society, politics, elections  LinkedIn Profile
Takura Zhangazha Democracy, human rights, opposition politics @takurazhangazha
Tarisai Mutangi

Human rights, public interest law, rule of law

@zimcadre
Thandekile Moyo Democracy, human rights @Mamoxn
Wadeisor Rukato China/Africa, security, youth @Wadeisor
Simbarashe Gukurume Youth in politics, livelihoods,  informality @sgukurume
Zvenyika Mugari Democracy, press freedom Work page

14 COMMENTS

  1. Great initiative. A few suggestions off the top of my head:

    Central African Rep:
    Igor Acko (sociologist; peacebuilding and security)
    Fanny Balekossi (broadcaster specialising in health issues)
    Fridolin Ngoulou (journalist with the country’s RJDH human rights network)

    Kenya:
    Victoria Mutheu (WW1 and WW2 East African history, veterans, war widows, colonialism)

    South Sudan:
    Leben Nelson Moro, University of Juba (development, conflict, forced migration, humanitarian issues)

    Uganda:
    Dennis Tabaro (Africa Institute for Culture and Ecology – indigenous rights & customs, environmental issues)
    Also see 1) National Association of Professional Environmentalists and 2) Advocates for Natural Resources and Development

  2. Kenya

    From Twitter ( if otherwise not stated name is same as the users handle ) :

    @JerotichSeii – environmental, socioeconomic & human rights activist

    @WanjikuRevolt – civil rights defender & change activist

    @MutemiWaKiama – civil rights defender, social entrepreneur, community organiser, social activism coach

    @gathara – cartoonist, columnist & political analyst on Kenya & global affairs,

    @bonifacemwangi – globally renowned civil rights activist & defender, Change Ambassador, Party founder & leader, author, father etc

    @johnnjenga – PhD holder, global citizen, political studies lecturer, researcher, political activist & consultant

    @WanjeriNderu – mother, human rights defender, mental health activist, consultant

    @solo_ambuku – governance & human rights crusader, ist, political analyst

    @alaminkimathi – social & ecological justice activist, human rights defender, Africa liberation supporter, indigenous knowledge defender

    @WMutunga – Willy Mutunga – lawyer, lecturer, former 1st Chief Justice of the new Kenya constitution, inspiring Kenya’s youth, human rights defender, political justice activist

    @theelephantinfo – online media site with focus & voice of truth to the powers that be in Kenya. Speaking on the issues that Kenyans want addressed.

    @johnallannamu – co founder Africa Uncensored, award winning investigative journalist,

    @m_ogada – environmental & human rights activist, author,

    @Huria_KE – Human Rights Agenda Kenya, non-profit NGO, nonpartisan, human rights activists & defenders

    @VMatiru – Violet Matiru – environmentalist of calibre,

  3. This is a great initiative. I can think of a few people who should be on the list.

    South Africa:
    – Innocentia Mhlambi, African languages and popular culture (https://www.wits.ac.za/staff/academic-a-z-listing/m/mf-mh/innocentiamhlambiwitsacza/)
    – Glenda Daniels, media and democracy (https://www.wits.ac.za/staff/academic-a-z-listing/d/glendadanielswitsacza)
    – Keval Harie, LGBT+ issues, human rights (https://gala.co.za/about/staff/)
    – Loads of people from ACMS on migration and healthcare (http://www.migration.org.za/the-acms-team/)
    – Srila Roy, gender and violence (https://www.wits.ac.za/staff/academic-a-z-listing/r/srilaroywitsacza/)

    Zimbabwe:
    – Zvenyika Mugari, democracy and press freedom (https://zw.linkedin.com/in/zvenyika-mugari-bb2653163)

    Can I also nominate myself? If so I am able to speak about race and anxiety in SA.

  4. Mimi Mefo from Cameroon is a renowned no nonsense critical journalist who covers politics, democracy and society. https://mimimefoinfos.com/
    Lilian Lem Atanga from Cameroon is a researcher, women’s rights activist, a critical discourse analyst, a gender expert and media analyst. Her expert areas and women, media and politics. Also Public speaker @atanga_lilian

  5. For South Africa
    – Ayabonga Cawe, Economist, development economist, columnist, policy analyst (On twitter, @aycawe; ayabonga.cawe@wits.ac.za)
    – Lebohang Pheko, Policy analyst, researcher, development practitioner (On twitter, @Liepollo9; LinkedIn, liepollo-lebohang-pheko/)
    – Dr Sean Muller, Economist, Senior Lecturer in economics at the University of Johannesburg (On twitter: @peripheralecon; seanm@uj.ac.za)
    – Dr Sithembile Mbete; Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences; Public commentary (On twitter, @sthembethe)
    – Duma Gqubule, founding director at the Centre for Economic Development and Transformation (On twitter, @DumaGqubule)
    – Jamil F. Khan, Researcher, Politics, Critical Diversity Studies Candidate (On twitter, @JamilFarouk)
    – Mandisa Shandu, Activist, Lawyer, MD of activist organisation, Ndifuna Ukwazi (On twitter, @MandiShandu; @NdifunaUkwazi)
    – Amanda Rinquest, Education and training manager at human rights organisation, The Black Sash (On twitter, @AmandaRinquest)
    – Prof Ruth Hall, Professor at the University of the Western Cape, Public policy on land, land redistribution, agrarian policy (On twitter, @RuthHallPLAAS)
    – Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi, research manager at the Public Affairs Research Institute (mbongiseni.buthelezi@wits.ac.za)

  6. Nigeria:
    Twitter Handle: @DiplomaticIfe
    For Sustainable development, Marine ecosystem and littoral economy of the Niger Delta; security and geopolitics in the Gulf of Guinea

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