Masquerade Dance in Tennis Shoes: On the Legitimization of Artificial Intelligence and its Effects on Human Rights in Anglophone Africa
The main objective of this dissertation is to examine if, and how, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) is legitimized in Anglophone Africa and the resulting impact of such legitimization (or otherwise) on the enjoyment of human rights in that key zone of the African continent. This will be done by relying on evidence from three prominent AI-deploying and socio-politically important States in the region: Nigeria (in the West), Kenya (in the East) and South Africa (in the South). These three States are dubbed “the African Triangle” in this work. The second overarching objective of the dissertation (which is ancillary to the first), is to analyse and theorise the potential for AI to remedy (or amplify) the “legitimization crisis” that has been theorized in the literature as a factor that has been limiting the realization of the full potential of activist forces to advance human rights in the region.