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  • Travelling While Black

  • Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move
  • By: Nanjala Nyabola
  • Narrated by: Dami Olukoya
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Travelling While Black

By: Nanjala Nyabola
Narrated by: Dami Olukoya
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Summary

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 color, 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.

©2020 Nanjala Nyabola (P)2020 Hurst Publishers
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"Nyabola’s insightful essays deal with identity and the notion of home and belonging, in a world challenged by mobility and dislocation. This collection joins a venerable tradition of Black essay-writing, as it discovers for the socially aware traveller new routes and philosophies to explore." (Margaret Busby, editor of New Daughters of Africa

"Through her experiences, [Nanjala Nyabola] brings to life the legacies of 'othering' and colonialism that impact how Black people are perceived and treated around the world." (Metro)

"[Written with] passion, erudition, and fluidity.... Provocative and always willing to take on the conventional wisdom, Nyabola emerges with this book as an important observer." (Foreign Affairs)

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I thought the book was about travel, not privilege or lack of, not happy camper

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An enlightening and well-researched book

The book is well-researched and thorough in its dealing with this hard to talk about subject. As a Black traveller, myself, I relate to most of what is covered in the book. But I also acquired new information. Overall, it is an enlightening read. I highly recommend.

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Exceptional analysis of now

An exceptional voice exploring the uselessness of lazy thinking and worn out tools. She offers a different paradigm on where we are and how to get somewhere better.