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Dr. Kani Tuyala


Freie Universität Berlin

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

PhD Graduate

Born in Kinshasa/DRC, Kani Tuyala lived in Abidjan/Ivory Coast, grew up in Münster/Germany and studied Political Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen/Germany.

He passed his obligatory semesters abroad at the University of Rennes /France and at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's 'Media Programme Sub-Sahara Africa' in Johannesburg/South Africa.

The topic of his dissertation at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology reads "Africa Online. Audio-visual emancipation or virtual westernization?"

Due to a DAAD scholarship Kani had the opportunity to do scientific research over four months in Kenya, where he amongst others did interviews and met media personalities such as e.g. Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Chris Kirubi, Dr. Werner Zeppenfeld, Salim Amin and Asif Sheikh. In the meantime Kani visited Kenya three times and developed a considerable network including the mentioned and further protagonists of the Kenyan (Internet) media landscape.

During his scientific research in Kenya Kani also developed the idea for an initiative now called 'Lions of science' (www.lionsofscience.org) - a project-competition for East African students including an annual award presentation in Nairobi. Kani also developed and taught an e-learning module as lecturer at the M.A. Program Visual and Media Anthropology and is now employed as research associate within the EU-funded W.R.I.T.E.R. project (Reading and Writing Inclusion Towards The European Renaissance) affiliated to the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

His main areas of interest are ICT4D, Internet and mobile communication, writing, 'Good Governance', African History, (Citizen-) Journalism, Digital Storytelling, International Relations, ‘China-Africa’ Relations, African socio-economic development, singing and swimming.