Brenda Mugeci Githing’u is an independent research consultant and counter-terrorism analyst focused on African terrorist organizations. She holds two bachelor’s degrees majoring in International Relations from the University of Johannesburg and a Master’s degree in Security Studies from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Her area of expertise are interactions between Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State and their affiliates in Africa, particularly along the east coast from Somalia to Mozambique. She utilizes dynamic social network methods and analyses covering themes such as foreign fighters, network franchising and organizational cooperation. She runs a blog, https://theafricanjihad.com/, which offers unique analysis and perspectives on African terrorist organizations.
Ansar al-Sunnah wa-Jamma (ASwJ) is the latest Islamist insurgency to emerge in southern Africa with links to Islamic State (IS), which has named the group Islamic State in Central African