Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya



7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS



From the upheavals of recent national elections to the success of the #MyDressMyChoice feminist movement, digital platforms have already had a dramatic impact on political life in Kenya – one of the most electronically advanced countries in Africa.

While the impact of the Digital Age on Western politics has been extensively debated, there is still little appreciation of how it has been felt in developing countries such as Kenya, where Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and other online platforms are increasingly a part of everyday life.

Written by Nanjala Nyabola, a respected Kenyan activist and researcher at the forefront of political online struggles, this book presents a unique contribution to the debate on digital democracy. Join us for the book launch with guest speakers Dr Duncan Omanga, Moi University (Kenya), and chaired by Dickens Olewe, Africa Desk, BBC.

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About the Series

Written by experts with an unrivalled knowledge of the continent, African Arguments is a series of concise, engaging books that address the key issues currently facing Africa. Topical and thought-provoking, accessible but in-depth, they provide essential reading for anyone interested in getting to the heart of both why contemporary Africa is the way it is and how it is changing. The African Arguments series is published for the International African Institute by Zed Books in association with the Royal African Society and the World Peace Foundation.