I am Tokpa Darwolo Jamah, Jr is a Liberian and hail from Lofa County-a county nationally known as the bread-basket of Liberia. As a curious child and due the civil conflict, my parents and I migrated to our nation’s capital, Monrovia, in order to save our lives and to explore opportunities for me to begin my primary education in the mid 90’s. After my secondary education in the early 2000, and with much curiosity of understanding the natural world and its compositions, I enrolled at the University of Liberia where I pursued a BSc degree in Mathematics. In fulfilment of my academic quest, I obtained a postgraduate scholarship from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS-Cameroon) where I obtained a structured Master’s degree in Mathematical Sciences. I have been very involved in working with the youth community both as National Volunteer and as a United Nations Volunteer (UNV) – where I helped build the capacity of youth groups and working colleagues, and also helped formulate programs that had youth groups positively and fully engaged with their communities. Currently, I am doing a Master’s program in Mathematics at the University of Stellenbosch, and research at the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA), where I work with Prof. John W. Hargrove and Dr. Rachid Ouifki on: Modelling the Economics of Trypanocides and Insecticides-Treated Cattle Interventions on Trypanosomiasis Disease within a Multi-host Population using delay differential equations.
My expectations at this global multi-culture event are enormous and diverse, ranging from an in-depth academic engagement science experts and peers to social networking opportunities. I also hope to discover some of the major challenges facing the advancement of Science education in other countries across Africa, and possible ways forward.
I also look forward to building a strong and good network with other senior, junior and young researchers from across the continent and the world at large, which could create the necessary space for professional development in my research career.
Where am I traveling from?
My response to this question is in two directions, in that, I am travelling from the Western Cape Providence of South Africa and precisely from Stellenbosch- a little city situated beneath rising hills and I am representing Liberia – a shoe-like shape West African nation that stretches 350 miles along the Atlantic Ocean.
Why am I excited about being a NEF Ambassador?
My excitement of being a NEF Ambassador is not only of the academic and social networking opportunities that I might have to explore, but representing a country with a highly disadvantage youthful population and having the opportunity to inform the rest of the world those challenges they are facing and suggestions on ways forward is a great joy for me and task to undertake.
What am I most excited about regarding the GG event?
My excitements about this global and multi-culture event are enormous and diverse, in that, I am of the conviction that it is going to provide the necessary place that will enable me to have an in-depth academic engagement with experts from different disciplines and will able provide a platform for social networking opportunities.
What are my preliminary thoughts about the GG event?
My preliminary thoughts about the GG event is that it is going to be an occasion where academics, entrepreneurs, politicians, amongst others are going to gathered in order to discuss issues that affect the continent’s science and technology revolution and suggestions on the ways forward. Attending this event is a great joy and opportunity for me, because I will have the chance to learn from some of the world brightest academics, Nobel Laureates, young researchers, fellow ambassadors amongst others.
What are some interesting discoveries I’ve made recently about science and tech in Africa?
Currently, I am working on: Modelling the Economics of Trypanocides and Insecticide-Treated Cattle Interventions against Trypanosomiasis Disease within a multi-host population. Our work focuses on using mathematical delay differential equations and simulation models to compare the cost effectiveness of trypanosomiasis control methods. In particular, I aim to estimate the economic costs and benefits of two disease control interventions. Firstly, I am using intervention involving the use of trypanocides that kill trypanosomes but have no effect on tsetse mortality: and secondly, the use of insecticide-treated cattle (ITC), where insecticides is apply to hosts to kill tsetse but have no direct effect on trypanosome mortality within hosts.