NüVoices Podcast #34: April Zhu on reporting from Nairobi, part 1

April Zhu is a freelance journalist and writer based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses on gender, urban inequality, and China-Kenya relations. In this episode, NüVoices board member Cindy Gao talks to April about:

  • How Nairobi is a city with a plot
  • Why covering women’s issues helps us understand power
  • “Ecosystems” of violence in Nairobi’s informal settlements
  • Why the opposite of Sinophobia is not Sinophilia, but nuance
  • What is missing in “China-Africa” discourse


A lost ‘Little Africa’: How China, too, blames foreigners for the virus and Sinophobia spreads faster than the coronavirus, by April Zhu.


April: The Dragonfly Sea, by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor.

Cindy: The TV series What We Do in the Shadows, available on Hulu.