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African Book Talk Series "Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move" by Nanjala Nyabola

March 9, 2022
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Online Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi

Columbia Global Centers Nairobi African Book-Talk series is a virtual program that features primarily African authors. With this series, CGC Nairobi provides a platform where African writers can engage a global audience, discussing not just their work but exciting perspectives on how personal, political, and cultural experiences drive their storytelling.

What does it feel like to move through a world designed to limit and exclude you? What are the joys and pains of holidays for people of colour, when guidebooks are never written with them in mind? How are black lives today impacted by the othering legacy of colonial cultures and policies? What can travel tell us about our sense of self, of home, of belonging and identity? Why has the world order become hostile to human mobility, as old as humanity itself, when more people are on the move than ever?

Nanjala Nyabola is constantly exploring the world, working with migrants and confronting complex realities challenging common assumptions – both hers and others’. From Nepal to Botswana, Sicily to Haiti, New York to Nairobi, her sharp, humane essays ask tough questions and offer surprising, deeply shocking and sometimes funny answers. It is time we saw the world through her eyes.

Join us on 9th March 2022 as we delve deeper into this discussion in a session moderated by Wendy Njoroge, a bookish curator, entrepreneur, community builder, podcaster, and reading advocate. Her work is invested in making African literature discoverable to a wider audience.

Moderator Bio

Wanja

Wendy Njoroge is a bookish curator, entrepreneur, community builder, podcaster, and reading advocate. Her work is invested in making African literature discoverable to a wider audience.

Author Bio

Nanjala

Nanjala Nyabola is a writer and researcher based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses on the intersection between technology, media, and society. In addition to academic writing, she writes analysis and commentary for numerous publications around the world and  is the author of Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya (Zed Books, 2018) and Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move (Hurst Books, 2020).