On October 31 2020 NVAS organised a panel on the effect of Covid-19 on the African continent. We had the pleasure to hear from five speakers from different countries in Africa. They spoke about how the coronavirus has affected their personal and professional lives, and how their governments dealt with battling the virus. You can re-watch their presentations here.
Samuel Ntewusu is a social historian who holds an MPhil in African Studies from the University of Ghana and a PhD from Leiden University (2012) with a socio-historical study of northern traders and transporters in Accra’s Tudu, 1908-2008. Since 2011 Ntewusu has worked at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. He is also the co- coordinator of the ASCL research programme Society and Change in Northern Ghana: Dagomba, Gonja, and the Regional Perspective on Ghanaian History.
I was born into an Afrikaans middle-class family with a long Dutch name: Petronella Jacoba Jacobs. My mother decided to call me Kobie, so thankful for that!I teach drama. I started my professional teaching career in 2007 at a rural school At present, I am at a city school, The Settlers High School.
Setargew Kenaw is an associate professor of philosophy and cultural anthropology at Addis Ababa University. He has published two books, a considerable number of journal articles, and book chapters. His research interests include epistemology, existentialism, and classical Ethiopian philosophy.
Mariama Mary Fall (Senegal) is in the process of finishing her PhD dissertation on youth, employment and education in Niger at the University of Ottawa. To her, it is urgent to work towards quality education, beyond enrolment rates. Beyond basic literacy and classic schooling, she focuses on youth lifelong learning and skills to ease their school-to-work transition, which should lead to healthier economies and communities.
Abdallah Ally lives in Mwanza Buhongwa and recently obtained his diploma in clinical medicine at the Sengerema Health Institute in Sengerema, Tanzania. At the moment he is looking for a job and would prefer to work as a doctor. His mothertongue is Swahili, his mother is Haya and his father is Zaramo.