Nanjala Nyabola

Analyst and Writer

Region(s): Africa
Country of focus: Kenya
Based in Nairobi


Current Occupation: Analyst and Writer
Organization/Institution: Independent
Language: English


Kenya 2022: The most boring election Opinion Al Jazeera Aug 6, 2022

Why dangerous content thrives on Facebook and TikTok in Kenya Washington Post Jul 31, 2022

Elon Musk’s purchase may very well kill Twitter as we know it Al Jazeera Apr 26, 2022

War and the attention economy New Internationalist Apr 4, 2022

Migration: Europe’s Achilles’ heel New Internationalist Feb 15, 2022

2021: The year of failed political leadership Opinion Al Jazeera Dec 29, 2021

Africa’s vaccine crisis: It’s not all about corruption  Opinion Al Jazeera July 19, 2021

Vaccine Nationalism Is Patently Unjust  The Nation  Mar 22, 2021

In Nairobi, Female Coders Are Flipping the Silicon Valley Trope on Its Head Vogue Magazine Mar 8, 2021

How should social media be regulated? Opinion Al Jazeera Feb 11, 2021

Race shapes travel: backpacking as a black woman book excerpt The Guardian Nov 9, 2020

Kenya Turns Its Covid-19 Crisis into a Human Rights Emergency Essay New York Review July 22, 2020

Police violence in the time of pandemic Opinion Al Jazeera April 10, 2020

Africa has a head start in managing coronavirus Opinion Al Jazeera Mar 19, 2020

Nanjala Nyabola (@Nanjala1) is a writer, humanitarian advocate and political analyst based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her latest work focuses on the intersection between technology, media and society and has previously centered on conflict and post conflict transitions, with a focus on refugees and migration, as well as East African politics. In late 2020 her book, Travelling While Black, was published. She describes it as an essay collection reflecting on race and human mobility.

She is a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), an independent, non-partisan think tank based in Waterloo, Canada. Her work has appeared in such  publications as Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Al Jazeera, World Politics Review, as well as chapters in edited collections. She is the author of Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya and the co-editor of Where Women Are: Gender and the 2017 Kenyan Elections.

Nanjala holds a BA in African Studies and Political Science from the University of Birmingham, an MSc in Forced Migration and an MSc in African Studies, both from the University of Oxford, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.