Nanjala Nyabola

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Nanjala Nyabola
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Alma materUniversity of Birmingham, University of Oxford, Harvard Law School

H. Nanjala Nyabola is a writer, political analyst, and activist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Nyabola writes extensively about African society and politics, technology, international law, and feminism for academic and non-academic publications. Her first book Digital Democracy, Analogy Politics (Zed Books, 2018) was described as "a must read for all researchers and journalists writing about Kenya today"[1].

Nyabola held a Rhodes Scholarship[2] at the University of Oxford in 2009, was part of the 2017 inaugural cohort of Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellows[3], and was a 2017 Logan Nonfiction Program Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good[4].

Nyabola sits on the board of Amnesty International Kenya[5].


Nyabola holds multiple degrees in politics and law[3]:


Nyabola writes extensively about African society and politics, in particular Kenya, alongside discussions of technology, international law, and feminism. Her work has featured in publications including African Arguments[6], Al Jazeera[7], Financial Times[8], Foreign Affairs[9], Foreign Policy (magazine)[10], The Guardian[11], New African[12], The New Humanitarian[13], The New Inquiry[14], New Internationalist[15], OkayAfrica[16] and World Policy Journal[17].

Her 2014 Al Jazeera opinion piece 'Why do Western media get Africa wrong?'[18] generated much discussion[19][20][21][22][23][24][25], including on the BBC World Service[26] and in a 2014 McGill University course syllabus on Western representations of Africa in media and pop culture[27].

Her 2010 The Guardian opinion piece 'Why, as an African, I took a Rhodes scholarship'[28] was chosen as one of the 5 Best Wednesday Columns in The Atlantic[29].

Public speaking[edit]

Nyabola is a frequent contributor to the BBC World Service, particularly on issues around Kenyan politics and technology[30][31][32][33][26].

Nyabola is a prolific speaker at universities including discussions of African politics, specifically Kenya, migration, feminism, and the digital at the University of Edinburgh[34], SOAS[35][36], Stanford University[37].

Nyabola has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences on the politics of the digital, including re:publica 2018[38] and 2019[39], the 2018 Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa[40], and the 2019 RightsCon in Tunis[41].



Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya

Published in 2018 by Zed Books[42] to positive reviews from LSE Review of Books[1], Duncan Green (aid expert)[43], Business Daily Africa[44], between the lines podcast from the Institute of Development Studies[45] and the Africa Oxford Initiative podcast at the University of Oxford[46]. She has given book talks at numerous universities including the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University[47], the University of the Witwatersrand[48], School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University[49], Stanford University Cener on Philanthropy and Civil Society[50] and the University of Cambridge[51]. The book is cited in a Financial Times article on the fight to control Africa's digital revolution.[52]

Where Women Are: Gender & The 2017 Kenyan Elections

Published in 2018 by Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung and Twaweza Communications Ltd. and co-edited with Marie-Emmanuelle Pommerolle[53].

Book Chapters[edit]

Surviving the Slaughter: The Ordeal of a Rwandan Refugee in Zaire

Media Perspectives: Social Media and New Narratives: Kenyans Tweet Back

  • Chapter in Africa's Media Image in the 21st Century: From the 'Heart of Darkness' to 'Africa Rising', published in 2016 by routledge

External Links[edit]


  1. ^ a b December 7th; 2018|Africa; East, the Middle; reviews, Development Studies book; Media; reviews, Cultural Studies book; reviews, Politics book; Science; Comments, Technology Studies book reviews|0 (2018-12-07). "Book Review: Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya by Nanjala Nyabola". LSE Review of Books. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  2. ^ "List of Scholars". The Rhodes Project. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  3. ^ a b "Foreign Policy Interrupted | H. Nanjala Nyabola". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  4. ^ "H. Nanjala Nyabola". Carey Institute for Global Good. 2016-05-27. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  5. ^ "Our Board". Amnesty International Kenya. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  6. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola, Author at African Arguments". African Arguments. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  7. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  8. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  9. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola". Foreign Affairs. 2015-09-14. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  10. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola – Foreign Policy". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  11. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola | The Guardian". the Guardian. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  12. ^ "Search for "nanjala nyabola" - New African Magazine". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  13. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola | The New Humanitarian". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  14. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola". The New Inquiry. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  15. ^ "Author Details". New Internationalist. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  16. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola". runner. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  17. ^ "Search Results for "nanjala nyabola" – World Policy". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  18. ^ Nyabola, Nanjala. "Why do Western media get Africa wrong?". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  19. ^ Gathara, Patrick (2014-01-24). "If western journalists get Africa wrong, who gets it right?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  20. ^ "In defence of western journalists in Africa - By Michela Wrong". African Arguments. 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  21. ^ "Why do Western media get Africa wrong?". TMS Ruge. 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  22. ^ "What does a round of 'African nations in high school' say about". The East African. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  23. ^ Dersso, Solomon. "Reporting Africa: In defence of a critical debate". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  24. ^ "Examining the roots of biased reporting on Africa | Africa Talks". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  25. ^ "Two tribes". The Economist. 2014-01-24. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  26. ^ a b "BBC World Service - World Have Your Say, Is it the media's responsibility to champion Africa, or simply understand it?". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  27. ^ Barber, Nicholas (2014). "Syllabus - Africa in Media and Pop Culture" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  28. ^ Nyabola, Nanjala (2010-05-05). "Why, as an African, I took a Rhodes scholarship | Nanjala Nyabola". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  29. ^ Simpson, Jared Keller, Alex Eichler, Jake (2010-05-05). "5 Best Wednesday Columns". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  30. ^ "BBC World Service - Business Daily, Tackling Fake News". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  31. ^ "BBC World Service - Focus on Africa, Political violence erupts in Guinea". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  32. ^ "BBC World Service - Africa Today, Kenya Election Watch Special". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  33. ^ "BBC World Service - Business Matters, Raila Odinga Calls for Boycott of Kenyan Elections". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  34. ^ "Centre of African Studies: Events : Africa in 2019: Prospects & Forecasts". Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  35. ^ "Africa in 2018: Prospects & Forecasts | SOAS University of London". Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  36. ^ "NANJALA NYABOLA". SOAS African Development Forum. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  37. ^ "Africa Table: Kenyan Feminisms in the Digital Age | Center for African Studies". Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  38. ^ "Introducing: #rpAccra Speaker Nanjala Nyabola". re:publica. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  39. ^ "What Tech Can't Fix". re:publica 2019. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  40. ^ "CIPESA-FIFAfrica2018-participant-Nanjala-Nyabola". Cipesa Events. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  41. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola's schedule for RightsCon Tunis 2019". Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  42. ^ "Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics". ZED Books. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  43. ^ "Book Review: Nanjala Nyabola, Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya". From Poverty to Power. 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  44. ^ "BOOK REVIEW: Kenya's digital democracy against analogue politics". Business Daily. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  45. ^ "Podcast Ep 09: Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics – Nanjala Nyabola". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  46. ^ "Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the digital era is transforming Kenya | University of Oxford Podcasts - Audio and Video Lectures". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  47. ^ "Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics". Berkman Klein Center. 2019-03-20. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  48. ^ "Book Talk : What Technology Can't Fix by Nanjala Nyabola | Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research". Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  49. ^ "On Digital Democracy in Kenya | Columbia SIPA". Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  50. ^ "Old Civic Spaces in New Digital Places: Theorising Kenya's Digital Civil Society". Stanford PACS. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  51. ^ " : Book launch with Nanjala Nyabola - in conversation with Dr Duncan Omanga (CGHR)". Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  52. ^ Pilling, David (20 June 2019). "The fight to control Africa's digital revolution". Financial Times. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  53. ^ "Where Women Are: Gender & The 2017 Kenyan Elections". Heinrich Böll Stiftung East & Horn of Africa. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  54. ^ African Women Under Fire: Literary Discourses in War and Conflict.