Abiodun Dominic Odunuga

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga is a development practitioner and social entrepreneur.

Abiodun has cognate field, consulting and delegation experience having worked on various projects and forums alongside organizations such as the United Nations (UN), Africa Development Bank (AfDB), and The Commonwealth on themes related to education, environment and sustainability. As a social entrepreneur, he has co-founded four different social enterprises focusing on Africa as it relates with SMEs, IT empowerment and youth development. He holds a Masters in Development Practice (MDP) degree from SciencesPo, Paris. He is passionate about sustainable development with a core concentration on Africa.

Twitter: @abiodunodunuga

Tyrone Pretorius

Tyrone Pretorius

Professor Tyrone Brian Pretorius is the 7th Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

His career history reflects extensive leadership experience in higher education. At UWC he moved through the ranks from being an Academic Assistant, to being appointed as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor, Head of Department, Senior Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences. In 2001 he was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, a position which he held until 2005. Following his career at UWC, Prof Pretorius was appointed as President and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash South Africa, the local campus of Monash University, Australia. In 2013 the University of Pretoria appointed him as Vice-Principal (Academic), responsible for Teaching and Learning as well as planning and resource allocation. Prof Pretorius is a Psychologist by training who earned his BA, BA (Honours) and Master of Arts (Psychology) degrees from UWC. He has published extensively in respected national and international journals in the fields of career psychology, coping, stress, statistics and research methodology. In addition, he has served as a journal editor, and authored and co-authored a number of books, monographs and chapters in books. He has been honoured by the Psychology Society of South Africa for his contribution to the discipline. He also participated in the Yale Southern Africa Fellowship programme (Yale University) and completed a Strategic Leadership Programme at Oxford University. He also holds two Doctoral degrees, a DPhil from UWC and a PhD from the University of the Free State.

Akani Naidoo

Akani Naidoo

Akani is a South African PHD student writing on migration.

Alexis Barnes

Alexis Barnes

My name is Alexis Barnes and I am a former NYC-based multimedia journalist currently based in Zambia where I freelance and work in development.

I have a BA and MA in journalism with a concentration on foreign reporting and have reported from Korea, Kenya, Haiti, the United States Virgin Islands and Belgium. I was a European Commission Lorenzo Natali Media Prize finalist and cover human rights, human interest stories and health.

Twitter: @AlexisKReports

Andy Prinsen and Alexis Barnes

Andy Prinsen and Alexis Barnes

Andy Prinsen is a writer and multimedia producer based in Denver, Colorado. He has a Masters degree in public affairs and bachelors in journalism. @andyalacarte. Alexis Barnes is a multimedia journalist currently working in development in Zambia. @AlexisKReports.

Antony Langat

Antony Langat

Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya and specializes in reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change.

A graduate of journalism from Egerton University, he is currently pursuing an MA in Communication Studies at the University of Nairobi.

Twitter: @AntonyKip

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Basetsana Okafor

Basetsana Okafor

Okafor is a journalist based in South Africa specialising in political and economic issues affecting the African continent.

Benjamin K. Musampa

Benjamin K. Musampa

Benjamin Musampa is a research associate at l'Observatoire des Amériques

Benjamin Musampa is a research associate at l'Observatoire des Amériques affiliated with the Centre d'études sur l'intégration et la mondialisation in Montreal,Canada, and Thinking Africa of the Institut de recherche et d'enseignement sur la paix en Afrique based in Dakar, Senegal.

Bhejane Nqobile Bhebhe

Bhejane Nqobile Bhebhe

Bhejane Nqobile Bhebhe is a Zimbabwe journalist based in the capital, Harare.

Bhebhe’s main focus is on political and economic issues. He has been practicing since 2000 and has worked for both state controlled and private media groups.

Twitter: @nlbhebhe

Charles Pensulo

Charles Pensulo

Charles Pensulo is a Malawian based journalist.

He graduated in 2013 with a diploma from Malawi Institute of Journalism. He freelances for number of media publications and he is also a member of Key Correspondents- a citizen journalism platform which reports on HIV issues.

Twitter: @charles_pensulo

Christina Goldbaum

Christina Goldbaum

Christina Goldbaum is a freelance writer and video journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

She has reported for Agence-France Presse, Quartz, The Christian Science Monitor, Africa Geographic and the Cape Times. Christina has covered gang violence in Providence, Rhode Island, the Al-Shabab attack on Garissa University, and civil unrest in Burundi leading up to the 2015 elections. Through her work she strives to document the consequences of extreme poverty, political unrest, and the violation of human rights.

Twitter: @cegoldbaum

Danai Majaha

Danai Majaha

Danai Majaha is a journalist and photographer based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

He writes from the southern perspective, focusing on the Southern African Development Community. He has vast knowledge of issues around regional integration in Southern Africa such as energy, infrastructure development, industrialization, trade, peace and security, policy analysis and dialogue, HIV/AIDS and, gender and women development.

Twitter: @Danai834

Diana Taremwa Karakire

Diana Taremwa Karakire

Diana Taremwa Karakire is a freelance journalist based in Uganda.

She specializes in reporting on energy issues, minerals and climate change. She writes on a freelance basis for the African Business Magazine and the Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International magazine. She can be reached on +256700898537 and dianataremwa@yahoo.com, dianakarakire@gmail.com. @TaremwaD

Twitter: @AfiegoUg

Dr. Andrew Gawthorpe

Dr. Andrew Gawthorpe

Andrew is a Research Fellow in the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he specializes in international security.

He was formerly a Teaching Fellow at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru

Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru

Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru is Member of the African Union High Level Advisory Group on Humanitarian Affairs and Consultant for Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Strategy, Peace and Security and Migration.

Dr. Mehari is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University, a specialist in human rights and humanitarian law, lectures at UN Institute for Economic Development and Planning in Senegal, and African Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) and NATO Defense College (NDC). He has made presentations at the policy organs of the AU, IGAD and UN including the AU Peace and Security Council, and UN Human Rights Council forums. He was also a Programme Coordinator, and Legal Expert at African Union Commission, Programme Head for Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis, and Director for University Reform. Dr. Mehari was a fellow at Harvard, Oxford Universities, Max Planck Institute and NATO Defense College. He holds a Doctorate of Legal Sciences (DSL) from JL Giessen University, Germany, an MPA from Harvard, an MSc from the University of Oxford, and an LLB from Addis Ababa University. His recent book entitled ‘The Kampala Convention and Its Contributions to International Law’, examines the African Union Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons – which entered into force on 6 December 2012.

Twitter: @meharitaddele

Dr Tjiurimo Hengari

Dr Tjiurimo Hengari

Dr Tjiurimo Hengari is a senior fellow in the foreign policy programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs.

Eniola Anuoluwapo Soyemi

Eniola Anuoluwapo Soyemi

5th year Ph.D student in Boston University's political science department.

My major research focus is in political philosophy. My Ph.D dissertation, 'The Law’s Moral Legitimacy and the Significance of Participation’ uses Aristotle and Rousseau to philosophically examine the nature and relation of "morally legitimate" law to men within political society. My dissertation project tests specific logic parameters of my theoretical framework in a real world setting using a city-wide transportation system in Lagos, Nigeria to conduct a set of field experiments that will empirically examine the relationship between citizen deliberative participation in rule-making and citizen adherence to rules and perceptions of rule ‘legitimacy’. My further research interests lie in comparative politics, African studies, and International Relations theory. My paper, 'Interventionist vs. Non-Interventionist Justice: Uganda’ was presented at the International Political Science Association Conference in May, 2013. I obtained my BA from the University of Kent in the UK and my MSc from University College London. I have previously worked at Chatham House and the Guardian Newspaper. I currently write and edit a blog on Nigerian politics at www.politicalmatter.org

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

He has over 6 years work experience in law practice, oil and gas industry and environment both in Nigeria and France. Julius is also a consultant on Africa’s economy with special bias for sustainable business models and frugal innovation.

Twitter: @juliusdudu

Francine Irakoze

Francine Irakoze

Francine Irakoze was born in Burundi but grew up in many countries including Japan, Germany, Ethiopia, Belgium and the United States.

She completed her undergraduate studies in Biology at La Roche College in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania., USA) She then continued her education at McMaster University (Canada) where she received a Master of Science degree in Global Health with a specialization in Health Management. During the past three years, she worked for a private healthcare company, Mckesson Canada, where she held various positions of increasing responsibility including Team Leader, Program Coordination/Liaison, and Interim Program Manager. This year, Francine was selected to join the 2015-2016 Global Health Corps Fellowship and she is now working as an Operations Officer with Health Builders in Kigali ( Rwanda).

Frank Kagabo

Frank Kagabo

Frank Kagabo is a freelance journalist.

He formerly worked in Kigali, Rwanda with the daily newspaper, The New Times and was a columnist for Rwanda Today/The EastAfrican. Kagabo studied Political Science at Makerere University in Uganda, and later obtained a joint Master’s degree in Journalism, Media and Globalisation from Aarhus University in Denmark and Swansea University in the United Kingdom where he was an Erasmus Mundus scholar.

Twitter: @Kagabo

Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe

Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe

Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe is a Member of Parliament and Chairman of Chadema, Tanzania’s leading opposition political party.

Ghada Hammouda

Ghada Hammouda

Ms. Hammouda has more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, business transformation and re-engineering, market development and advocacy, opportunity creation and conflict resolution.

She has served as co-chair of the African Venture Capital Association's Advocacy Committee and the Women-in-business Committee of The American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Cairo American College and an SME Mentor with Endeavor. A summa cum laude graduate from the American University in Cairo, Ms. Hammouda holds a BA in Business Administration and Mass Communications and a License en Droit from Cairo University.

Hailemariam Dessalegn and Jakaya Kikwete

Hailemariam Dessalegn and Jakaya Kikwete

Hailemariam Dessalegn is the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Jakaya Kikwete is the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Honourable Raynell Andreychuk

Honourable Raynell Andreychuk

The Honourable Raynell Andreychuk is Senator from Canada, the former chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, and former High Commissioner to Kenya, Uganda, and Ambassador to Somalia, and the Comoros.

Ignatius Ssuuna

Ignatius Ssuuna

Ignatius Ssuuna is an investigative journalist based in Rwanda.

He writes on human rights, conflicts and humanitarian crisis in the East African region. He writes on a freelance basis for DPA, IRIN, Zam Magazine and the Daily Monitor in Uganda. He was previously investigations editor at The NewTimes, Rwanda's English daily newspaper. He is a freelance researcher with Global Integrity, an independent nonprofit organization tracking governance and corruption trends around the world.

Twitter: @ignatiuskateera

Jackson Okata

Jackson Okata

Jackson Okata is a Kenyan based freelance journalist

He has over seven years experience in broadcast and online journalism. He specializes in political, human interest, environment and investigative stories.He previously worked for the Kenya News agency, Sauti Radio, MBCI radio, Fahari radio, Hivisasa.com, News24kenya and the Kenya Free press.

James Odong

James Odong

James is an all round journalist, broadcaster, writer, talk show host and human rights activist with a passion for news, good governance, the rule of law, gender and environmental protection.

Twitter: @odongojames

Jeffery Smith

Jeffery Smith

Jeffrey Smith is an Africa specialist at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Follow him on Twitter at @Smith_RFKennedy.

Twitter: @Smith_RFKennedy

Karana Olivier

Karana Olivier

Karana is a Lead Evaluation Consultant at International Alert

Over the past 13 years, Karana has overseen the management of OSCE, USAID, ECHO, DFID, SDC (Swiss), UNDP, and UNHCR funded programs in Kosovo, and West and Central Africa that have strived to boost indigenous community systems for resilience in post-conflict situations via greater investment in community livelihood, enhanced governance, conflict management including interest based negotiation and mediation, participatory budgeting, and local security sector reform with youth, national and local authorities as central actors.

Lara Heskestad

Lara Heskestad

Lara Heskestad is originally from upstate New York and currently works for a small NGO in Rwanda.

Her European roots brought her to France where she worked for several years before pursuing a Master’s degree in Global Communications and Development from the American University of Paris. There, Lara had the opportunity to work in southern India for a grassroots organization focused on gender equality in the region. Afterwards, she moved to Tunis to work at the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR) where she focused on promoting the visibility of the center’s gender-oriented development projects in the Arab region. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking and catching up on the latest foreign films.

Lucy K. Maroncha

Lucy K. Maroncha

Lucy Maroncha is a Kenyan freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

She has more than 15 years experience in print and online reporting and editing for both local and international media outlets. Lucy has worked for Kenya’s main daily newspapers and also does many media-consultancies for magazines. She is a passionate health writer with a special interest in writing about marginalized groups. Lucy is a candid HIV activist and advocate for the rights of sex workers and the LGBT community. She enjoys public speaking engagements and any opportunity to present a positive bias on issues affecting marginalized groups.

Twitter: @@Gatiiiria

Luisa Miranda Morel

Luisa Miranda Morel

Luisa is a postgraduate student from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London.

For the past six years she have been involved in several academic projects in different countries, working in the context of informal settlements formed from uncontrolled urban expansion and migration patterns. Her main focus is on urban issues, she is interested in the themes of WASH, housing, public space and urban social movements. Luisa is based in Geneva and also blogs on https://urbandialoguesblog.wordpress.com/.

Twitter: @UrbanDialoguesB

Lydia Limbe

Lydia Limbe

Lydia Limbe is a freelance features writer who is based in Nairobi Kenya and has covered different parts of Africa, including the Indian Ocean Islands.

Lydia started writing in 2012, and has since written various topics in Real Estate, Business, Environment, and Health as well as various lifestyle topics including Food and Travel. Lydia’s articles have been published on The Standard Newspaper, The Drum East Africa, Home and Living Magazine, as well as Ooska News. In addition to writing feature articles, the Maseno University Graduate of Communication and Media Technology also writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction, having taken several writing courses from the University of Iowa, Stunt Writing by Enid Jourdan and Writing for the Global Market from the Canvas Network by JER Online. In 2013, Lydia was a finalist for the Media Council of Kenya-Journalist of the year award in the Environment Print Category.

Twitter: @Limbe_Lydia

Maixent Accrombessi

Maixent Accrombessi

Former senior executive in the financial services and import-export divisions of several French private companies, Maixent Accrombessi has risen within the Gabonese state apparatus since 1997.

Initially serving as financial advisor to the High Representative of the President of the Republic of Gabon, Accrombessi then moved on to become the advisor to the defense minister. In 2009, he successfully took over the post of President Ali Bongo’s Head of Cabinet, and was promoted to the Chief of Staff in 2012. As such, he assists the President of the Republic of Gabon in the conduct of all governmental affairs.

Michael Wilcox

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection

Mohamed Ag Bendech

Mohamed Ag Bendech

Mohamed is currently working with the FAO Regional Office for Africa as Senior Nutrition Officer.

In this position, he is in charge of technical support on nutrition and food security to regional institutions, sub-regional offices and countries as well as ensuring that nutrition issues are integrated adequately in the work at sub-regional and at country level and well integrated in the national programmes of food security and agriculture. He is also a member of the Independent Expert Group for the Global Nutrition Report.

Mohamed Toure

Mohamed Toure

Mohamed Toure is a Malian writer and researcher currently living in Addis Ababa.

His interests include political risk, democracy-building and the study of terrorist movements.

Mohammed Yusuf

Mohammed Yusuf

Freelance journalist covering East Africa, he has contributed to several international publications, writing about politics and security.

Twitter: @Moyusef

Monica Gitau

Monica Gitau

Monica is a freelance journalist based in Kenya

Nyingchuo Hilary

Nyingchuo Hilary

Nyingchuo Hilary is the Executive President of Cameroon Journalists for Children's Health, a Media and communication specialist with over five years of experience in print and Multimedia reporting for mainstream media outlets and more recently the Daily Cameroon Journal where he is News Editor

He is very interested in producing compelling print and multimedia narratives for the development organisations and NGOS with the aim of garnering mainstream media exposure. He was the Chair of the Media committee of the 6th ICTforAfrica international conference 2014 that held at the Hilton Hotel in Yaoundé. He has been to a couple of African countries including Nigeria, South Africa and Ethiopia for major international gatherings in journalism and media. Nyingchuo was the Editor of the Focus newspaper; a publication of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of National Polytechnic Bambui between 2009/2010 where he wrote some of the hard stories in campus that put the integrity of some faculty members to questions He is a member of the North West Chapter of the Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists, CAMASEJ, member of the African Media leaders’ forum, belongs to the American based Society of Environmental Journalists and a member of the world Association of newspaper Editors. Nyingchuo holds a B.Sc in Journalism, an HND in Banking and Finance and is currently enrolled for an M.Sc in Digital Journalism with the ICT University, Cameroon campus.

Twitter: @NyingchuoH

Olivia Ngou

Olivia Ngou

Ngou is the Cameroon Country Director for Malaria No More.

Owen Nyaka

Owen Nyaka

Owen has been a jounalist since 2001 and worked in a number of print and electronic media including the Malawi's lone news agency.

He holds a diploma in mass communication and has attained a range of certificates on politics, environment, investigative journalism, gender and HIV reporting.

Oyewale Tomori

Oyewale Tomori

Professor Oyewale Tomori is currently, President, Nigerian Academy of Science.

He was pioneer Vice-Chancellor at the Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. He is a recipient of the NNOM, Nigeria’s highest award for academic and intellectual attainment. At the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, as Professor of Virology, he led research into study of viral infections, and elucidated the properties of Orungo virus, registered with the ICVT. In 1981, he received the USPHS Certificate for contribution to Lassa Fever Research. At the WHO Africa Region, as Regional Virologist from 1994-2004, he set up the African Regional Polio Laboratory Network, which provided laboratory diagnostic support for polio eradication, and became the forerunner of regional diagnostic laboratory networks for other diseases. He has been involved in the investigations of outbreaks of VHFs (YF, EVD, etc) infections in many African countries. Tomori serves on several national and international advisory bodies including, Nigeria Expert Review Committee (ERC) on Poliomyelitis Eradication and Routine Immunization; and as member of the US-IOM Committee on Sustainable global surveillance of zoonotic diseases; US-IOM Committee on identifying and prioritizing new preventive vaccines for development; WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE); Co-Chairman, ASADI/USNAS/NASAC Study Team on Country Ownership of Africa’s Development, SAGE Working Group on Ebola. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK), Nigeria Academy of Science and Nigeria College of Veterinary Surgeons and a recipient of the Nigeria National Order of Merit (NNOM), the country’s highest award for academic, intellectual attainment and national development.

Google+: http://www.google.com

Patience Akumu

Patience Akumu

Patience is a Kampala-based features writer who specialises in human rights and social justice issues.

David Astor Journalism Award winner 2013.

Twitter: @Patienceakumu

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

He is particularly interested in the interplay between politics and economics. Prior to joining the New Vision in 2004 as Business Editor, he worked as the Reuters correspondent for Uganda. Paul is a graduate of Psychology from Makerere University Kampala.

Twitter: @pbusharizi

Rivardo Niyonizigiye

Rivardo Niyonizigiye

Rivardo Niyonizigiye is an undergraduate from the University of Burundi.

Blogger for many blogs including http://akanyaburunga.worpress.com and contributor at Waza online, he is interested in writing and creative writing and art.

Robert Wanjala

Robert Wanjala

Robert Wanjala is a passionate investigative journalist with over five years experience.

Wanjala is very capable at uncovering stories and conducting in-depth analysis on a range of complex issues. He is both gifted with the ability to initiate his own story ideas as well as see fresh angles on existing stories. Wanjala has made a commitment to balanced and independent journalism focusing on issues affecting Kenyan society. He specializes in international criminal justice, transnational justice processes, social justice, human rights, land rights and governance, gender and peace developments. He holds a degree in journalism and mass communication and diploma in peace and conflict studies.

Twitter: @kittsrobert

Rose Cabrera

Rose Cabrera

Rose Cabrera is the content editor for TopSecurityReview.

Her main focus is in writing about home security and home automation in general. She is passionate about spreading awareness and the right information on keeping homes and businesses safe.

Roxanne L. Scott

Roxanne L. Scott

Roxanne L. Scott is a freelance reporter based in Queens, New York.

She's covered a variety of topics including politics in Ghana, travel and lifestyle in Nigeria, and tech in Kenya. The IWMF supported Roxanne L. Scott’s reporting from DRC as part of its Africa Great Lakes Reporting Initiative.

Sam Maloof

Sam Maloof

Sam is a major in international relations, currently based in Cairo

Samual Johnson

Sam is a freelance writer based in Paris.

He focuses on international affairs as well as political affairs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sarah Nakimbowa

Sarah Nakimbowa

Sarah Nakimbowa lives in Uganda and is a member of Key Correspondents, a citizen journalism network reporting for action on HIV. The network is supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Sarah holds a degree in mass communication, and have attained different certificates in HIV/AIDS guidance and counseling. She communicates to different groups of people to make positive change. HIV/AIDS is a key aspect in my field of work - Including maternal health issues, Key Populations (Most At Risk Populations), Sexual Reproductive Health Integration & HIV, Towards an AIDS Free Generation in Uganda among Children. Human rights & Gender issues and Communication Skills and Advocacy.

Shirley Malcom

Shirley Malcom

Head of Education and Human Resources Programs at American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

She works to improve the quality and increase access to education and careers in STEM fields as well as to enhance public science literacy. Dr. Malcom is a trustee of Caltech and a regent of Morgan State University, and a member of the SUNY Research Council. She is a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation, and served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Malcom , a native of Birmingham, Alabama, received her PhD in ecology from The Pennsylvania State University, masters in zoology from UCLA and bachelor’s with distinction in zoology from the University of Washington. She holds 16 honorary degrees. Malcom serves on the boards of the Heinz Endowments, Public Agenda, the National Math-Science Initiative and Digital Promise. Internationally, she is a leader in efforts to improve access of girls and women to education and careers in science and engineering and to increase use of S&T to empower women and address problems they face in their daily lives, serving as co-chair of the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on S&T for Development and Gender InSITE, a global campaign to deploy S&T to help improve the lives and status of girls and women. In 2003, Dr. Malcom received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.

Thierry Durand

Thierry Durand

Thierry Durans is an environmental development consultant based in Paris with 5 years of experience of working in West Africa.

Todd Moss and Jeffrey Smith

Todd Moss and Jeffrey Smith

Todd Moss is senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a former deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa. Jeffrey Smith is an Africa specialist at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights. Follow them on Twitter at @toddjmoss and @Smith_RFKennedy.