Daily Podcast #23 Joy Mboya /// Power, Knowledge, and Being on the African Continent



Joy Mboya is the Executive Director of The GoDown Arts Centre, a leading non-profit multidisciplinary arts facility in Nairobi, Kenya. As a trained architect, performer and cultural activist, Joy has led The GoDown Arts Centre’s development as a site for artistic experimentation, cross-sector partnerships and creative collaboration. In addition, she has led various ambitious cultural programs in Kenya, among others, the annual Nairobi-wide festival Nai Ni Who that connects culture and city. Joy’s strong dedication to the development of the creative economy in Kenya has been widely recognized and awarded for her outstanding leadership within the creative industry. Big thanks to Bhakti Shringarpure for putting us in touch.


As many of us are confined in many places of the world, we wanted to provide you with a daily podcast in partnership with Radio Alhara emitting from Palestine. Our ambition for it is to not add to the saturation of information we are currently experiencing but, rather, to propose a daily extension 15-minute of our political imaginaries.

The concept is very simple. Every day, we ask one person the same question: “what is for you a moment of true decolonization?” The answer can be a historial moment or something they witnessed; something heroic and grandiose, or rather discreet and mundane; a durable blow to the structures of colonialism or a short instant of liberation.

While we are recording this podcast in privileged conditions of confinement, we keep in our thoughts the multitude of people around the world who do not share similar conditions or have no choice but to risk being affected by the pandemic because of criminal policies that have to do with neoliberalism, carceralism, or colonialism

We thank you for listening and wish you and your loved ones the very best wherever you are.

(music by hooksounds originals)

Radio Alhara The Funambulist

NB. The Funambulist daily podcast is also played every day at 3:30PM, Palestine time, on  راديو الحارة Radio Alhara, a new radio produced from locked-down Bethlehem and Ramallah, along with another 15-minute production about worldwide solidarity, created specifically by The Funambulist for the purpose of this show.