Wednesday, 25 November
"Travelling While Black" with Nanjala Nyabola in conversation with Dickens Olewe [online event]
ONLINE EVENT 7pm UTC
Housmans are pleased to welcome writer and political analyst Nanjala Nyabola to discuss her latest book Travelling While Black. 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.
**Please note this is an online event. You will be emailed an invitation link on the morning of the event. Please check your spam folder and email us if you have not received the invitation link by the afternoon**
About the speakers
Nanjala Nyabola is a writer and political analyst based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses on the intersection between technology and politics, as well as migration and human mobility. A constant traveller, at the time of writing she has visited over seventy countries across four continents.
Dickens Olewe is a Kenyan journalist working for the BBC, and a 2015 John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University. His interest is in using new technology for storytelling and integrating the public in the news reporting process.
He was part of the team of journalists chosen by Deutsche Welle Academy to develop a manifesto on how to use digital technology to promote freedom of expression in the global south.
He’s been a speaker on several media subjects including: drone journalism, digital publishing platforms, media trends, mobile journalism, social media for news, user engagement and crowdsourcing news, at several journalism conferences around the world including: SxSw, re:publica, ONA and the World News Media Congress. He also runs The Dickens Olewe podcast where he interviews guests on media, politics and technology in Africa.