Dr. Salome Mshaï Mwangola is a performance scholar / oraturist who holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University (USA), a Masters of Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne (Australia); and a Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University (Kenya).
Mwangola’s intellectual work is characterised by her practice of performance as a way of making meaning for the purpose of advocacy, research, and pedagogy. She is invested in the use of the creative arts, particularly embodied story-telling, as a way of doing intellectual work, both individual and collective.
In 2017, she co-founded The Orature Collective, whose artistic arm, The Performance Collective, offers the free-to-all monthly participatory Pointzero Bookcafé in the heart of Nairobi’s Central Business District; as well as The Elephant, an intellectual online platform. Both forums seek to provide spaces for the public exploration of issues and perspectives that are marginal and marginalised in mainstream media and public spaces in Kenya. She is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Uraia Trust (Kenya’s largest non-state national Civic Education programme), which she has chaired since 2013. She is deeply invested in supporting civic initiatives and civil society, as a researcher, and as a facilitator of events.
Until June 2016, she was a member of the research and teaching faculty at the African Leadership Centre, (Nairobi campus), and continues to serve as adjunct faculty of the same. Previously Mwangola worked as an Academic Planning Strategist with the Academic Planning Unit of the (proposed) Faculty of Arts and Sciences (East Africa) of Aga Khan University.