The world is in lockdown, is the universally trending word. The raging global pandemic has seized every space and captured everyone’s imagination. It is sombre times.
The focus all around the world is on wrestling down the current nightmare of a disease so unconventional in its contagion and unprecedented in unleashing fear.
Quite understandably, major news headlines and social media commentaries are on this singular monster whose impact going forward no one can state precisely and certainly.
No one knows for sure how many infections and deaths the world will have counted by the time the pandemic is behind us. Statistical modelling and forecasting by experts and specialists can only make rough estimates and give tentative suggestions but which may turn out to be overstated or underestimated.
In the midst of the gloom of covid-19, we woke up last Saturday to the devastating news of the passing of Prof Thandika Mkandawire, Malawian national, Pan-African intellectual and a true embodiment of an African citizen intellectual.
Dear readers, with your kind understanding and generous deference, I thought I should detract a little and say a few words to remember one of Africa’s most important public intellectuals.