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 World Peace Foundation and presented in partnership with African Arguments and 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 Limited (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.”


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” (forthcoming), as well as numerous articles for journals and magazines around the world.

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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.


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African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion that seeks to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices.

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.

Photo: Kenya bu Kwetu, Katy Tentress, June 27, 2020.

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