Samuel Ollunga

Samuel Ollunga is a corporate and international law attorney who was educated at Harvard University in the US, at the University of Cambridge in the UK and at Moi University in Kenya. He is a founding partner at the New York law firm of Thomson Gabriele & Ollunga LLP. Ollunga is admitted to the bar in New York and Kenya. Having practiced law in the US, Britain and Kenya, he has comparative and cross-border legal knowledge and experience spanning three continents. He has authored two books and published numerous articles. In particular, Ollunga has written on Africa, a continent on which he has deep and broad knowledge of historical, political, social, cultural, economic and legal issues and trends.

Africa This Month: A Tale of Two Harvests

May 31, 2017

Eastern African famine is cause for concern as southern Africa’s bountiful harvests offer hope — as does the containing of an Ebola outbreak in a remote part of the continent. Much of Africa’s modern story has been told through the lens of fragility, famine and conflict. These three elements still...

Africa This Month: Nuclear Power Program Out, Malaria Vaccine In

Apr 30, 2017

Despite economic shocks and political turmoil, the jettisoning of a shady nuclear deal and the launch of a malaria vaccine are great news for Africa. In the March edition of Africa This Month, the authors warned about the risk of famine in parts of the continent. This month, the Famine Early Warning...

Africa This Month: Famine Fears After Drought and Flood

Mar 31, 2017

Climate change, droughts, floods, growing populations, civil strife, slowing economies and flailing states are putting lives of millions at risk. As these authors have pointed out earlier, Africa’s landscape is on uncertain ground as the global economy experiences a downturn. Of course, some parts of Africa are doing better than...

Africa This Month: ICC Gets New Lease of Life

Feb 28, 2017

In the face of neglected crises, the ICC’s resurgence is a welcome boost to the fight against impunity. Not unlike any other part of the world, Africa has not always had positive experiences with outsiders. The slave trade and colonization left an indelible scar. The ghost of King Leopold II...

Africa This Month: Mozambique’s Tuna Bonds Foreshadow African Debt Crisis

Jan 31, 2017

Even as Africa democratizes and strengthens the African Union, it faces a period of slow economic growth and rising debts that could lead to a crisis. In 2016, the authors began the momentous journey of narrating the oft ignored story of Africa. Our readers responded most positively and asked for...

Africa This Month: The Season of Elections, Hope and Change

Dec 31, 2016

Even as economic turmoil buffets the continent, elections are the flavor of the season as big men start to tumble from their thrones. Twelve fateful months ago, the authors decided they would tell a new “story of Africa with its multitudinous cadences and intricate plots.” Over the last 11 editions...

Africa This Month: Africa in the Age of Donald Trump

Nov 30, 2016

The incoming Trump administration is likely to turn isolationist and dial down engagement with Africa, allowing the Chinese to fill the resulting vacuum. November has proved to be eventful. Apparently, South African President Jacob Zuma’s leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) is hanging by a thread. Derek Hanekom, the...

Africa This Month: International Institutions Stumble

Oct 31, 2016

Despite divisions and conflicts, African leaders are behaving more assertively in their messy dealings with the international community and its imperfect institutions. This month, Africa hosted a big international gathering. Delegates from over 150 countries met in Kigali, Rwanda, to reach a global deal to end the use of hydrofluorocarbons...

Africa This Month: Saving the Village to Transform the Continent

Sep 30, 2016

African leaders get together and come up with a declaration that emphasizes the development of rural areas so that Africans stop fleeing to cities and other continents. The end of the commodity boom has hit places like Africa and Latin America hard. In April, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) observed in...

Africa This Month: Democracy Deepens Amidst Economic Woes

Aug 31, 2016

Elections, free, fair and not-so-fair, at a time of economic crisis mark a deepening of democracy in a continent where Big Men once ruled with impunity. Power abhors a vacuum. In many parts of Africa, independence from European imperial powers was just a ceremonial transfer of power to local autocrats....

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