March 2020

Topic: Africa’s Security Challenges: The Role of State and Non-State Actors

Platform: Zoom.us, YouTube

Date: March 28, 2020

Time: 11:00 am EST, 4:00 pm West Africa Time, 5:00 pm SA Time, 3: 00 pm GMT

Guest: Tyrus Kamau, Patrick Stephenson, Arnaud Sembe

Host: Ibrahim Anoba, Managing Editor, AfricanLiberty.org

About the Guests


Patrick Stephenson is an economic consultant with experience in economic, financial, and public policy analysis, with a keen interest in the development of Africa. He has consulted for institutions in the private sector, NGO and INGO space (World Bank, UNDP, OSIWA, IHS Consulting (now IHS Markit), Media General (Ghana), DANIDA, among others on a wide range of issues including; private sector development strategy for Ghana, management of petroleum revenues and governance in Ghana, cross border trade facilitation across West Africa, election campaign promises feasibility, emerging growth sectors of the Ghanaian and African economy), and currently is the Head of Research at Imani Centre for Policy and Education, where he has been involved with a wide range of projects, subjecting African government’s policy propositions to rigorous tests for value for money and rational choice.


Tyrus Muya Kamau is an Information Security professional with 13 years of experience in the field. He is a Principal Consultant at Euclid Consultancy Ltd, a cybersecurity company which he started 3 years ago where he runs it full time. He specializes in Signaling security, Penetration Testing, and Research & Development in Cyber Security, Training and Awareness and Compliance. Prior to starting his own company, Tyrus held various leadership positions in the industry including the Africa Head of IT Security; Airtel Money at Bharti Airtel and Group Head of IT Security at Cellulant Group. He was a key consultant in the development of the National Cyber Security Master Plan (NSCMP) working with Booz Allen & Hamilton and the former ICT Board. His input saw him work with various intergovernmental bodies in line with the country’s Vision 2030. The Master Plan was launched by H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, in February 2014.


Dr. Eugene Arnaud Yombo Sembe is an expert in security and conflict resolution. He is a Policy Analyst with the Governance and Democracy Initiative at the Nkafu Policy Institute, a think tank housed at the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation in Cameroon. He is an assistant lecturer at the University of Yaoundé II, Department of Political Science. He holds a Masters in political science (University of Yaounde II) and another Masters in Governance (Panafrican University Institute of Governance, Humanities, and Social Sciences). He has published more than twenty articles related to the domains of Governance, Politics and International Relations like in elections, migrations, geopolitics, geostrategy, conflict management and public policy. He has worked on several projects with different international organizations like UNDP, AU, EU, International Crisis Group and ECCAS.




February 2020

Topic: How to make the AfCFTA Work

Platform: Zoom.us, YouTube

Date: February 29, 2020

Time: 11:00 am EST, 5:00 pm West Africa Time, 6:00 pm SA Time, 4: 00 pm GMT

Guest: Mphiyakhe Dhlamini, Alexander C.R. Hammond

Host: Ibrahim Anoba, Managing Editor, AfricanLiberty.org

About the Guests

Mpiyakhe Dhlamini is a data science researcher at the Free Market Foundation. He recently studied data science at Explore Data Science Academy. He is a self-taught programmer and writer for an online publication, Rational Standard.


Alexander C.R. Hammond is the Policy Advisor to the Director General at the Institute of Economic affairs. He is a Senior Fellow at African Liberty and a Young Voices contributor and Foreign Policy Fellow. Formerly, he was a Research Associate at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. Hammond’s works have been translated into multiple languages and have been featured in: Reason, National Interest, The Washington Times, Washington Examiner, News24, Newsweek, CapX, El Cato, Academia Liberalismo Económico, FEE, Contrepoints, the Cato Institute website, and the HumanProgress.org blog. His other media appearances include: Glenn Beck Radio Show, Fox5, Alhurra T.V., Newsy, i24 News, Q+A in the Daily Express, and Global News Radio (770 CHQR).




January 2020

Topic: China-Africa Relations. What’s in it for Africa?

Platform: Zoom.us, YouTube

Date: January 25, 2020

Time: 11:00 am EST, 5:00 pm West Africa Time, 6:00 pm South Africa Time

Guest: Chris Hattingh, Hannah Muthoni Ryder, Rejoice Ngwenya, Peter Bismark

Host: Ibrahim Anoba, Managing Editor, AfricanLiberty.org

About the Guests

Hannah Ryder is the CEO of Development Reimagined, a pioneering international development consultancy and the first Kenyan wholly foreign owned enterprise based in Beijing. She also sits on the Executive Board of the British Chamber of Commerce in China, is China Representative of ChinaAfrica Advisory and International Development Director for the Made in Africa Initiative. Hannah is a former diplomat from both Kenya and Britain, and an economist by training with close to 20 years of experience.


Rejoice Ngwenya is a writer and head of the Coalition for Market and Liberal Solutions – a free market think tank based in Zimbabwe focusing on private property rights advocacy. He is a consultant for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He is the director of Coalition for Market and Liberal Solutions.


Peter Bismark Kwofie is the Executive Director of the Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation in Ghana. He is currently lecturing about entrepreneurship at the Harbour City Radio College and is also a visiting lecturer at the Builders of Today Professional College in Tema. Kwofie is a co-founder of Tema Young Entrepreneurs (TYE).


Chris Hattingh is Project Manager at the Free Market Foundation. He has an MPhil in Business Ethics from Stellenbosch University. He is the author of published articles on consumer rights, economic freedom, inequality and individual freedom.



December 2019

Topic: The State of Human Rights in Africa

Platform: Zoom.us, YouTube

Date: December 21, 2019

Time: 11:00 am EST, 5:00 pm West Africa Time, 6:00 pm South Africa Time

Guest: Linda Kavuka, Denis Foretia, Festus Ogun, Unathi Kwaza

Host: Ibrahim Anoba, Managing Editor, AfricanLiberty.org

About the Guests

Dr. Foretia is co-chair of the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation and Senior Fellow at the Nkafu Policy Institute, a leading Cameroonian think tank. He is currently the President of the Association of Cameroonian Physicians in the Americas (ACPA). 


Unathi Kwaza is a graduate of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She has ventured into direct sales and marketing and currently acts as a board member of the South Africa Free Market Foundation.


Linda Kavuka Kiguhi is an LLM student at the University of Aberdeen. She also works as the African programs director at Students For Liberty International. Linda earned an LLB at the University of Nairobi. 


Festus Ogun is a Nigerian human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner, essayist, and social justice advocate. He is a Law graduate, and founder of Legal Minds for Good Governance Initiative, a conscious movement that speaks truth to power and advocates for human rights of common Nigerians using the instrumentality of the law.



November 2019

Topic: Why African Countries Rank Low in the 2019 Economic Freedom Index

Platform: Zoom.us, YouTube, Facebook Live

Date: November 30, 2019

Time: 11:00 am EST, 5:00 pm West Africa Time, 6:00 pm South Africa Time

Guest: Ridwan Sorunke, Joshua Meservey, Tanja Porcnik

Host: Ibrahim Anoba, Managing Editor, AfricanLiberty.org

About the Guests

Ridwan Sorunke is the founder of PolicyVault.Africa, a senior advisor to the Africa FinTech Summit, and an emerging markets consultant for A-M-Z Group.


Ridwan has worked at the nexus of development, business, and public policy at Dalberg Advisors, Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), ACIOE Associates, Johns Hopkins University, US Nigeria Business Council, and Procter & Gamble. Over the years, he has helped several multinational corporations and tech startups develop impact-focused projects, forge strategic partnerships, and navigate complex economic and regulatory hurdles in Africa.


Ridwan holds a master’s degree in international economics and international affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a bachelor’s degree (with honors) from Obafemi Awolowo University.”


Tanja Porčnik is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. Porčnik is a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute, as well as president and co-founder of the Visio Institute. She is co-author of The Human Freedom Index.

She was formerly a senior fellow of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a Government Teaching Fellow of the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems in Prague, Czech Republic (a joint program of the Georgetown University and The Fund for American Studies), and a Research Associate & Manager of External Relations of the Cato Institute.

Joshua Meservey is Senior Policy Analyst, Africa and the Middle East at the Heritage Foundation. He specializes in African geopolitics, counterterrorism, and refugee policy. From 2006 to 2009, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia and extended his service to work for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2009, he joined Church World Service (CWS) based out of Nairobi, Kenya, and traveled extensively in East and Southern Africa interviewing refugees. He ended his time at CWS as Field Team Manager responsible for a multinational team of nearly 100 staff. In 2012, he worked at the US Army Special Operations Command and helped write an Army concept paper, and in 2014 joined the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center before leaving as an Associate Director to join the Heritage Foundation.


October 2019

Topic: Xenophobia, Toleration, & African Integration

Platform: Zoom.us, YouTube, Facebook Live

Date: October 27, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm EST, 5:00 pm West Africa Time, 6:00 pm South Africa Time

Guest: Sara Gon, Seyi Gesinde

Host: Ibrahim Anoba, Managing Editor, AfricanLiberty.org


About the Guests

Sara Gon is the Head of Strategic Engagement at the South African Institute of Race Relations, the country’s oldest think tank. Seyi Gesinde is the Editor of Tribune Online, Nigeria’s foremost news platform, and a foreign news editor for Tribune. He is an award-winning journalist and a fact-checking expert.

September 2019

Topic: Why Africa Failed to Develop in the Post-Colonial Era

Platform: Zoom.us

Date: September 29, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm EST, 5:00 pm West Africa Time, 6:00 pm South Africa Time

Guest: George Ayittey, Ph.D

Host: Ibrahim Anoba, Managing Editor, AfricanLiberty.org

About the Guest

Dr. George Ayittey is a Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute; Founder and President of the Free Africa Foundation; and formerly a Distinguished Economist in Residence at American University. He is the author of numerous op-eds for the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. 

He writes columns for African-owned publications including The African Letter, African Continent News, Africa News Weekly, and African Forum. His books include “Africa in Chaos,” “Indigenous African Institutions,” “The Blueprint for Ghana’s Economic Recovery,” and “Africa Betrayed.”

This event is partly based on the guest’s latest book, ‘Applied Economics For Africa‘ (download here). We recommend you read the book before the event.


Admission to this online event is limited.