As of June this year, our public debt was 6.6 trillion shillings. Each Kenyan citizen, including those born now, owes creditors at least 139,000 shillings due to public debt. So what does it mean when the government keeps getting loans? Is Kenya on the verge of a debt distress? Our latest feature, #KenyasDebtCycle digs deep into these questions seeking answers and highlighting how the appetite for foreign debt to finance infrastructure has devastated various sectors in the country.
What does it feel like to move through a world designed to limit and exclude you? How are black lives impacted by the othering legacy of colonial cultures and policies? In conversation with Christine Mungai, Nanjala Nyabola explores what travelling while black means in today's world.
For this 3rd Pan-African Forum, we will be joined by Prof. Horace Campbell, an international peace and justice scholar and Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University, New York. He will give an overview of Pan-Africanism from the perspectives of the diaspora. Prof. Campbell was the Third Kwame Nkrumah Chair, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon and is Executive member of the North American delegation of the Pan African Congress.
Nanjala Nyabola explores the ideology of generosity that exists among peoples who know what it's like to live with little and how the COVID pandemic has proved an existential stress test for the neo-liberal state - and it has failed!
Nanjala Nyabola explores the extent to which social media is causing citizens to adjust but acknowledges power is adjusting too. She reflects on the fact that it's now clear that social media companies do not understand the very society they purport to connect and yet we now have a Generation Z whose online and offline lives seamlessly fold into each other with contradictory results we are only beginning to appreciate.
Nanjala Nyabola explores the friction between who Kenya is and who Kenya wants to be; how digital overpromises in life and how it has proved a powerful intensifier for an entire demographic of Kenyans. The consequences touch on every facet of our lives including our politics.
Prof. Makau Mutua explores the import of the BBI recently launched report and the possibility of realignments that could surprise Kenyans as the elite works to manage the Kenyatta Succession.
Prof. Makau Mutua reflects on recent political developments in the USA and the massive democratic tests the country is facing. He offers a perspective on America's unique capacity for political self-correction but also a dark history with regard to the matter of race that haunts the country and has been dramatically apparent during the tenure of President Donald Trump and will not be resolved in a hurry.
A conversation exploring the different dimensions and nuances of Pan Africanism. Dr Mshai Mwangola moderates this panel comprising of Zukiswa Wanner, Brian Kagoro and Godwin Murunga.
Brian Kagoro provides a broad historical and conceptual overview of Pan Africanism