Between the Lion and the Elephant: Memoirs of An African Diplomat (Hardcover)
Between the Lion and the Elephant, by one of Ghana’s well-known journalists and diplomats, is an account of the civil wars in Cote D’Ivoire and Sierra Leone where the author served as Ghana’s top Envoy.
A strong commitment to the welfare of the Ghanaian and African people runs throughout these fascinating memoirs, which reveal also the breadth and depth of the author’s personality. The daunting challenges facing our generation’s political leaders, as they seek to build viable states in newly emerging nations which guarantee individual freedom and create conditions of prosperity for the broad masses, have been well documented in the book. The hope must be that they will be equal to the challenges.
Kabral Blay Amihere studied History and Sociology at the University of Ghana, Legon. He also studied Journalism and Communication at the same University and later International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. He is a Nieman Fellow (1991) of Harvard University in the US and was, in 2017, awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Civil in recognition of his contribution to the promotion of relations between Ghana and Sierra Leone and academic work at Fourah Bay College by the University of Sierra Leone.
Kabral has had a distinguished career in journalism and diplomacy, having edited several newspapers in Ghana and contributed to the consolidation of media freedom and democracy in Ghana and West Africa when he served as President of both the Ghana Journalists Association and West Africa Journalist Association and Executive Member of the International Federation of Journalists. He served as Ghana's High Commissioner to Sierra Leone from 2001 to 2005 and Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire. He was also a two-time Chairman of the National Media Commission, a constitutional body for media regulation and promotion of free speech in Ghana, from 2009 to 2015.
This is the author's sixth book. His previous books have focused on his reflections and observations as an African student in the US during the first Gulf War and the years he worked as a journalist and diplomat.