Nanjala Nyabola

Nanjala Nyabola

Nanjala Nyabola is a writer and political analyst based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is the author of "Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics", a forthcoming book on the impact of the internet on Kenyan politics (Zed Books, 2018)

Privacy & Surveillance

If you are a Kenyan citizen, your private data is not safe

The Huduma number, a new Kenyan government initiative, is yet another assault on data privacy in Kenya.

If you are a Kenyan citizen, your private data is not safe

Nigeria

The spectre of Cambridge Analytica still haunts African elections

Funding for social media advertising and manipulation could determine the outcome of Nigeria's February 16 vote.

The spectre of Cambridge Analytica still haunts African elections

Immigration

The rise of hipster colonialism

The proposal that foreign powers acquire land in Africa to stem migration is nothing but 'hipster' colonialism.

The rise of hipster colonialism

Tanzania

Freedom of expression in Tanzania is slowly being eroded

A seemingly innocuous new law on statistics is the latest measure designed to curb free speech in Tanzania.

Freedom of expression in Tanzania is slowly being eroded

Somalia

War and literature in Mogadishu

The Mogadishu Book Fair is a reminder that even in the upheaval and uncertainty of war, life persists.

War and literature in Mogadishu

Ethiopia

Why the Eritrea-Ethiopia peace is good for African politics

The peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia is a radical act that will have an impact on all of East Africa.

Why the Eritrea-Ethiopia peace is good for African politics

Ethiopia

Reflections on Tana Forum 2018 and Ethiopia's new PM Abiy Ahmed

At the summit and beyond, expectations on Ahmed's shoulders are high.

Reflections on Tana Forum 2018 and Ethiopia's new PM Abiy Ahmed

Kenya

Politics in the digital age: Cambridge Analytica in Kenya

For CA, the Kenyan election was a revenue stream. For Kenyans, it was life or death. Shouldn't some things be sacred?

Politics in the digital age: Cambridge Analytica in Kenya

Arts & Culture

Wakanda is not African, and that's OK

Despite all the appeals to a unitary black identity, Black Panther is still a Western film, shot for a Western audience.

Wakanda is not African, and that's OK

Kenya

Putting Kenya's media shutdown in context

By taking major tv channels off the air, Kenyan government showed that it is still in the midst of a legitimacy crisis.

Putting Kenya's media shutdown in context

Kenya

What can Kenya expect from Kenyatta's second term?

Following Kenyatta's inauguration, Kenya has entered the most challenging five years of its democratic history.

What can Kenya expect from Kenyatta's second term?

Kenya

What came out of Kenya's election rerun?

The low turnout was an obvious embarrassment to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and his party.

What came out of Kenya's election rerun?