Source: Omidyar Network

We’re gearing up for our Radar AMA with Nanjira Sambuli happening tomorrow, Thursday, March 23 at 2pm (GMT +1), and figured it’d be nice to get to know her a little before then. That said, we asked her a few questions about things we’ve always wanted to know and going by her answers, I dare say she’s quite the diplomat.


1. How would you explain your job to a 5-year-old?

Hmmm, so this is what I’d say. See that phone/ tablet /computer of mum’s or dad’s that you like and get to enjoy? Ever wondered how all of that stuff works? I work to ensure that anybody, anywhere can enjoy using applications and sites and also create others. Mum and/or dad can afford the devices and the cost to connect (data), so I work to make sure that it’s affordable for many other mums and dads so that 5-year-olds everywhere (and especially girls) can enjoy online stuff like you.

2. Is what you’re doing now what you always wanted to do growing up?

Not even. When I was growing up, this wasn’t even on my radar (pun intended?). It’s something I sort of stumbled upon and have enjoyed thoroughly. Each day is a learning experience, and we are all figuring it out as we go along.

3. What kind of superpower do you wish you had?

Superpowers sound like they come with so much other stuff! Anyway, if I had to pick one…it’d probably be Flash’s.

4. Which do you prefer – Marvel or DC?

This is how people get into trouble! I’m more familiar with Marvel. Maybe one day we’ll have African references for comics ey?

5. What apps are on your home screen?

All of them! I group them by categories rather than scrolling all over to find an app.


You too can ask Nanjira anything at 2pm (GMT +1) tomorrow, March 23rd. She will be on Radar to answer all your questions about her digital advocacy efforts at the Web Foundation and what she thinks about the unfolding impacts of ICT adoption in Africa.

Nanjira’s got you covered for questions ranging from how tech impacts governance and innovation, to societal culture in Africa and its resulting gender implications.

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