By Marian Muthui and Arwa Michelle Mboya


Nairobi is a large, sprawling city with nearly five million residents. A formal bus system operated in the nineties and its collapse gave way to the newer, more popular mode of transportation: The Matatu.

If you have lived in Nairobi, you know…

Here’s how I designed a prototype to fix it

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In January 2020, I ran an in-person experiment for my thesis at the MIT Media Lab. The project, called Allo-I, is a virtual reality human interaction study that centers the lives and experiences of Black women — specifically, Kenyan women living in informal settlements in Nairobi. …

***unless otherwise noted, all the people written about in this article are white (upper middle to upper class, and very, very liberal).

Yesterday, I had the chance to attend Gloria Steinem’s new book launch, The Truth Will Set You Free — But First it will Piss You Off!

What happens when you take VR into a slum?

As a VR enthusiast, I’ve been long searching for my Chaplin moment with the medium. It’s fun, it’s interesting but many times I create something and end up asking myself, ‘OK, so what?’

Alex trying VR for the first time

This year, I’ve had the privilege of being…

Workshops held in Nairobi in January 2019

I should preface by saying that I’m no expert in theme parks nor do I think it’s feasibly possible to ‘hack the African imagination’. It’s for precisely those reasons that I titled my workshops that way. …

Here at the Center for Civic Media, we don’t only care about True Love, we care about Just Love.

In 1997, psychologist Arthur Aron hypothesized that a series of 36 questions could foster interpersonal closeness. The questions have become well-known as the 36 Questions that Lead to Love after Mandy…

An American Dilemma, Revisited

An “American Dilemma, Revisited” is a project by American photographer, Andrew Reneissen. The project is introduced by him as below:

In 1944 Gunnar Myrdal, a Swedish sociologist, published the book ‘An American Dilemma’. Myrdal argued America’s dilemma was the contrasting ideals of justice and equal opportunities, on which America was…

Before I head out to start my Master’s program in the dream that is the MIT Media Lab, I get to spend my last few months in Kenya working on a mini-Media Lab here in Nairobi.

360Afrika is a consortium of companies and individuals joined together by a common goal…

Once again, I get to participate in an awesome Team Project leading Team Aech — an awesome squad of designers and programmers from all over the world. Natalia Kaganovskaya (Ukraine), Ahmed Chehab el Dine(Lebanon) and Diana Cristina Culincu (Romania) and I have worked on a project before (Andromeda Initiative) and…

“Go not where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

On February 27th, I got an email with words I’d long dreamt of reading but had little hope would come to be. …

Arwa Michelle Mboya

Virtual Reality Programmer; Storyteller; Feminist; Adrenaline Junkie; MIT Media Lab Graduate Researcher.; Sometimes I think I’m a pixie;

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