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Nanjala Nyabola on Travelling When Black : Rough Translation : NPR

Nanjala Nyabola is an tutorial, traveler, and collector of guidebooks, some of which are pictured below.

Nanjala Nyabola

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Nanjala Nyabola

Nanjala Nyabola is an educational, traveler, and collector of guidebooks, some of which are pictured in this article.

Nanjala Nyabola

Try to remember Lonely World? Rough Guides? The shiny shots? The breezy descriptions of faraway destinations?

Long just before the pandemic lockdown, individuals typical guidebooks ended up go-to reading for quite a few persons going on a significant excursion. Nanjala Nyabola is one of them. She’s a writer and a consummate traveler from Kenya who collects these guides, but found out early on that the information that lay amongst their addresses was not composed with vacationers like her in intellect.

Touring Africa by means of the lens of these guidebooks pretty much discouraged her from touring entirely.

Now, 70+ countries later on, Nanjala sets down her backpack and speaks with Gregory Warner about her new e-book, Travelling When Black: Essays Influenced by a Lifestyle on the Move. She breaks down what touring has taught her about her own id, and the unforeseen pleasure of getting new locations on your own terms.

Further Reading through:

  • When Rain Clouds Collect & Maru by Bessie Head. Nanjala considers Head 1 of the finest literary voices of all time. The South African born writer’s working experience living stateless influenced her crafting, but Nanjala believes her issues with home, citizenship, id and belonging eventually killed her.
  • NPR’s reporting on the viral video clips that sparked the #MyDressMyChoice marketing campaign in Kenya in 2014.

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