Conversation with Prof. Masri Safwan (Author of ‘Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly’) on the Arab Spring, Jun. 25 2018 @ Columbia Global Center – Nairobi

Join Columbia Global Center | Nairobi for an evening conversation with renown Prof. Safwan Masri for his book talk cum launch over free cocktails

Date: June 25, 2018
Venue: Colombia Global Center, Nairobi
Location: Westcom Point, 8th Floor, Block A, Mahiga Mairu Avenue, Off Waiyaki Way – Westlands
Time: from 6-7:30 PM
Entry: Free

About Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly
The Arab Spring began and ended with Tunisia. In a region beset by brutal repression, humanitarian disasters, and civil war, Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution alone gave way to a peaceful transition to a functioning democracy. Within four short years, Tunisians passed a progressive constitution, held fair parliamentary elections, and ushered in the country’s first-ever democratically elected president. But did Tunisia simply avoid the misfortunes that befell its neighbors, or were there particular features that set the country apart and made it a special case?

In Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly, Safwan M. Masri explores the factors that have shaped the country’s exceptional experience. He traces Tunisia’s history of reform in the realms of education, religion, and women’s rights, arguing that the seeds for today’s relatively liberal and democratic society were planted as far back as the middle of the nineteenth century. Masri argues that Tunisia stands out not as a model that can be replicated in other Arab countries, but rather as an anomaly, as its history of reformism set it on a separate trajectory from the rest of the region.

About the Author
Professor Safwan M. Masri is Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University. He holds a senior research scholar appointment at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). A scholar of the contemporary Arab world, Masri’s work focuses on understanding postcolonial dynamics among religion, education, society, and politics. His writings on education and current affairs have been featured in the Financial Times, Huffington Post, and Times Higher Education.


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Swahili Fashion Week – Nairobi Showcase, Jun. 30 2018 @ the InterContinental Hotel – Nairobi

Date: June 30, 2018
Venue: the InterContinental Hotel, Nairobi
Time: 7.30 pm
Tickets: VIP Front Row Seat Kes 5,000/-, Advance Kes 2,000/- and at the gate Kes 3,000/-

Find more information, here.

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The GoDown Gig ft. Sandra Nankoma – from Uganda, Red Acapella and Winyo, Jun. 30 2018 @ the GoDown Arts Centre

Date: June 30, 2018
Venue: the GoDown Arts Centre, Industrial Area
Time: from 3 pm
Entry: Free

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Book Launch: Music and Dance in Eastern Africa by Kahithe Kiiru & Maina wa Mutonya, Jun. 27 2018 @ Alliance Francaise

Date: June 27, 2018
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 6:30pm

Find more information, here.

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Thursday Nite Live ft. Athieno, Jun. 28 2018 @ J’s – Westlands

Date: June 28, 2018
Venue: J’s, Westlands
Time: 8-11 pm
No Cover Charge

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Experimental Dance and Mixed Media: Unknown by Adam Chienjo (Fundraising for the New GoDown Arts), Jun. 25 2018 @ the Alchemist – Westlands

Date: Monday, 25th June 2018
Venue: the Alchemist, Westlands
Time: 6.30pm
Entry: Ksh 500

Dance piece : Unknown

A dance performance by Adam Chienjo in support of #GoDownTransforms.

Can we value what we don’t know? Is it possible to experience that which we cannot perceive? Can we then
touch the soul of the unknown, can we make contact with it, could we listen to it? Can we feel the texture of the
unknown? How does it move? From what direction does the unknown come from and to which direction does it
go? Can we describe the unknown as still? Is it silent or is there sound and resonance? Is the unknown within
time or is time within the unknown? To what extent does what we know contribute to the experience of the

Proceeds from ticket sales go to fundraising for the New GoDown.

Space provided by The Alchemist Bar!

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Karaoke Night: Hosted by Nice Githinji, Every Saturday Night @ Igiza Lounge, Kenya National Theater – Harry Thuku Road

Date: Every Saturday Night!
Venue: Igiza Lounge, Kenya National Theater – Harry Thuku Road (Between KBC and University of Nairobi, Opp. Norfolk)
Time: from 7 pm.
Entry: Free

PS: During this world Cup period, in case the showing of a match collides with the normal start time of karaoke, the karaoke will start as soon as the match has ended.

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