East Africa Today: An interview with Geci Karuri Sebina
In Episode 20, East Africa Today goes regional and speaks with Ms. Geci Karuri-Sebina in Nairobi during SID's Foresight for Resilience and Equity conference that was done in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. Sebina, who is the Executive Director for Programmes at the South African Cities Network, talks to us about what Africa will look like in 2030. She breaks down Africa's future using metaphors and narratives expressed by the late Chinua Achebe. In the podcast we discuss how the future of Africa seems to be shaped by what others say rather than what Africans say. Shouldn't Africans write their own narratives? Ms. Sebina speaks to this by explaining the lack of an African development narrative. She also provides insight on South Africa's political and economic future and what a post-Mandela Africa will look like. Will things fall apart? Where will South Africa and Africa's social and political consciousness after Mandela? Is there a generation of South Africans that are ignorant to Mandela’s history in South Africa?
Ms. Sebina joined the South African Cities Network in 2011, prior to this she was a specialist at the South Africa National Treasury Department's Neighborhood Development Programme. She has worked with numerous organizations including the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research, Human Science Research Council, and the Advanced Policy Institute in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Sebina also serves as a director for the South African Node of the Millennium Project, an associate for the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation and recently appointed to sit on the South African Council for Planners.
Ms. Sebina holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning and in Architecture & Urban Design, both from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She is currently a doctoral candidate in planning and innovation studies at Wits University.
Photo: Geci Karuri Sebina