Martha Nerima Wako
Martha Nerima Wako is a Specialist with PeaceTech Lab Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. PeaceTech Lab works to reduce violent conflict, using technology, media, and data to accelerate and scale peacebuilding efforts. Headquartered at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), the Lab carries out its mission in close collaboration with public and private sector partners.
Nerima is directly supporting the Sawa Shabab peacebuilding radio drama for youth in South Sudan, and is working on initiatives to combat hate speech in Kenya and Nigeria.
In 2015, Nerima founded a youth platform called Siasa Place, dedicated to collaboratively creating an environment that enables youth of Kenya to engage with the political mainstream in a meaningful way. Siasa Place educates youth on electoral processes, the constitution, government institutions and functions.
Nerima previously worked with Search for Common Ground for two years under the LIGGA (Leadership in Good Governance in Africa) project. This initiative was designed to foster a collaborative relationship between civil society and government groups in Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania. Her main area of focus was in overseeing communications such as social media, articles, blogs and video production.
Nerima attained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Sociology in 2010 from Jacksonville State University, and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the same institution.