Africa: Episode 7, African Arguments - African Voices - Digital Activism and Transformation

9 October 2020

Debating Ideas is a new section that aims to reflect the values and editorial ethos of the African Arguments book series, publishing engaged, often radical, scholarship, original and activist writing from within the African continent and beyond. It will offer debates and engagements, contexts and controversies, and reviews and responses flowing from the African Arguments books.

The podcast series "African Voices, African Arguments" features African scholars, writers, policy makers and activists on issues of peace, justice and democracy, and is produced by the World Peace Foundation and presented in partnership with The Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.

In this podcast, World Peace Foundation Executive Director Alex de Waal speaks with Nanjala Nyabola, writer and political analyst based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her new book is Traveling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move, Hurst & Company Publishers (November 2020).

"The government is trying very hard to re-assert itself in a place where they had been outplayed, out organized, outflanked by citizens and by civil society, and is now trying to impose itself as the center of power."

This blog was first published on the World Peace Foundation blog; Reinventing Peace.

Nanjala Nyabola is a writer and political analyst based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses at the intersection between technology and politics in East Africa, as well as East African politics more generally. She is the author of "Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How The Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya" and "Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired By a Life of Travel", as well as numerous articles for journals and magazines around the world.

Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarly work and practice has also probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peace-building.

The World Peace Foundation (WPF) is an operating foundation affiliated solely with Tufts University's The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. It provides financial support only for projects that the Foundation has initiated itself. WPF aims to provide intellectual leadership for peace. Our view is that the world needs a debate about world peace, drawing rigorously on evidence and theory.

The Institute for Global Leadership is an incubator of innovative ways to educate learners at all levels to understand and engage with difficult global issues. They develop new generations of effective and ethical leaders who are able and driven to comprehend complexity, reflect cultural and political nuance, and engage as responsible global citizens in anticipating and confronting the world's most pressing problems.


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