Nanjala Nyabola

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Nanjala Nyabola
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OccupationWriter
NationalityKenya
EducationKianda School; University of Birmingham; University of Oxford; Harvard Law School
Website
nanjalawrites.com

Helen Nanjala Nyabola is a writer, political analyst, and activist based in Nairobi, Kenya.[1]

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".[2]

Nyabola held a Rhodes Scholarship[3] at the University of Oxford in 2009, was part of the 2017 inaugural cohort of Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellows,[4] and was a 2017 Logan Nonfiction Program Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good.[5]

Nyabola sits on the board of Amnesty International Kenya.[6]

Education[edit]

Nyabola holds multiple degrees in politics and law:[4]

Journalism[edit]

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 and outlets including African Arguments,[7] Al Jazeera,[8] Financial Times,[9] Foreign Affairs,[10] Foreign Policy,[11] The Guardian,[12] New African,[13] The New Humanitarian,[14] The New Inquiry,[15] New Internationalist,[16] OkayAfrica[17] and World Policy Journal.[18]

Her 2014 Al Jazeera opinion piece "Why do Western media get Africa wrong?"[19] generated much discussion,[20][21][22][23][24][25][26] including on the BBC World Service[27] and in a 2014 McGill University course syllabus on Western representations of Africa in media and pop culture.[28]

Her 2010 Guardian opinion piece "Why, as an African, I took a Rhodes scholarship"[29] was chosen as one of the 5 Best Wednesday Columns in The Atlantic.[30]

Public speaking[edit]

Nyabola is a frequent contributor to the BBC World Service, particularly on issues around Kenyan politics and technology.[27][31][32][33][34]

She is a prolific speaker at universities including discussions of African politics, specifically Kenya, migration, feminism, and the digital at the University of Edinburgh,[35] SOAS,[36][37] Stanford University.[38]

Nyabola has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences on the politics of the digital, including re:publica 2018[39] and 2019,[40] the 2018 Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa,[41] and the 2019 RightsCon in Tunis.[42]

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

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

Published in 2018 by Zed Books[43] to positive reviews from LSE Review of Books,[2] Duncan Green,[44] Business Daily Africa,[45] between the lines podcast from the Institute of Development Studies[46] and the Africa Oxford Initiative podcast at the University of Oxford.[47] She has given book talks at numerous universities including the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University,[48] the University of the Witwatersrand,[49] School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University,[50] Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society[51] and the University of Cambridge.[52] The book is cited in a Financial Times article on the fight to control Africa's digital revolution.[53]

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.[54]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prize Students Step-up to Receive Awards". University of Birmingham. 12 July 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b deSouza, Priyanka (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.
  3. ^ "List of Scholars". The Rhodes Project. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  4. ^ a b "Foreign Policy Interrupted | H. Nanjala Nyabola". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  5. ^ "H. Nanjala Nyabola". Carey Institute for Global Good. 2016-05-27. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  6. ^ "Our Board". Amnesty International Kenya. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  7. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola, Author at African Arguments". African Arguments. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  8. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  9. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  10. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola". Foreign Affairs. 2015-09-14. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  11. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola – Foreign Policy". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  12. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola | The Guardian". the Guardian. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  13. ^ "Search for "nanjala nyabola" - New African Magazine". newafricanmagazine.com. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  14. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola | The New Humanitarian". www.thenewhumanitarian.org. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  15. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola". The New Inquiry. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  16. ^ "Author Details". New Internationalist. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  17. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola". runner. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  18. ^ "Search Results for "nanjala nyabola" – World Policy". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  19. ^ Nyabola, Nanjala. "Why do Western media get Africa wrong?". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  20. ^ Gathara, Patrick (2014-01-24). "If western journalists get Africa wrong, who gets it right?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  21. ^ "In defence of western journalists in Africa - By Michela Wrong". African Arguments. 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  22. ^ "Why do Western media get Africa wrong?". TMS Ruge. 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  23. ^ "What does a round of 'African nations in high school' say about". The East African. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  24. ^ Dersso, Solomon. "Reporting Africa: In defence of a critical debate". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  25. ^ "Examining the roots of biased reporting on Africa | Africa Talks". www.africa-talks.com. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  26. ^ "Two tribes". The Economist. 2014-01-24. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ Barber, Nicholas (2014). "Syllabus - Africa in Media and Pop Culture" (PDF). mcgill.ca. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  29. ^ 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.
  30. ^ Simpson, Jared Keller, Alex Eichler, Jake (2010-05-05). "5 Best Wednesday Columns". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  31. ^ "BBC World Service - Business Daily, Tackling Fake News". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  32. ^ "BBC World Service - Focus on Africa, Political violence erupts in Guinea". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  33. ^ "BBC World Service - Africa Today, Kenya Election Watch Special". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  34. ^ "BBC World Service - Business Matters, Raila Odinga Calls for Boycott of Kenyan Elections". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  35. ^ "Centre of African Studies: Events : Africa in 2019: Prospects & Forecasts". www.cas.ed.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  36. ^ "Africa in 2018: Prospects & Forecasts | SOAS University of London". www.soas.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  37. ^ "NANJALA NYABOLA". SOAS African Development Forum. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  38. ^ "Africa Table: Kenyan Feminisms in the Digital Age | Center for African Studies". africanstudies.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  39. ^ "Introducing: #rpAccra Speaker Nanjala Nyabola". re:publica. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  40. ^ "What Tech Can't Fix". re:publica 2019. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  41. ^ "CIPESA-FIFAfrica2018-participant-Nanjala-Nyabola". Cipesa Events. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  42. ^ "Nanjala Nyabola's schedule for RightsCon Tunis 2019". rightscon2019.sched.com. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  43. ^ "Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics". ZED Books. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  44. ^ "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.
  45. ^ "BOOK REVIEW: Kenya's digital democracy against analogue politics". Business Daily. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  46. ^ "Podcast Ep 09: Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics – Nanjala Nyabola". www.ids.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  47. ^ "Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the digital era is transforming Kenya | University of Oxford Podcasts - Audio and Video Lectures". podcasts.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  48. ^ "Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics". Berkman Klein Center. 2019-03-20. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  49. ^ "Book Talk : What Technology Can't Fix by Nanjala Nyabola | Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research". wiser.wits.ac.za. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  50. ^ "On Digital Democracy in Kenya | Columbia SIPA". sipa.columbia.edu. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  51. ^ "Old Civic Spaces in New Digital Places: Theorising Kenya's Digital Civil Society". Stanford PACS. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  52. ^ "talks.cam : Book launch with Nanjala Nyabola - in conversation with Dr Duncan Omanga (CGHR)". www.talks.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  53. ^ Pilling, David (20 June 2019). "The fight to control Africa's digital revolution". Financial Times. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  54. ^ "Where Women Are: Gender & The 2017 Kenyan Elections". Heinrich Böll Stiftung East & Horn of Africa. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  55. ^ African Women Under Fire: Literary Discourses in War and Conflict.

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