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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

23 May 2016

Ghanaian Minister Vows Not to Ban Whatsapp, Skype and Viber Calls

Global Voices Advocacy

"Methinks the telcos need to smell the coffee because the traditional 'voice game' is over, and with it, the monopoly profits they used to make."

19 May 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Disappeared

This week, we take you to Ecuador, Uganda, Bangladesh, Ukraine and Pakistan.

17 May 2016

Ugandans Are Finally Back on Social Media After Days-Long Blackout

Global Voices Advocacy

The Uganda Communications Commission ordered the sites blocked for "security reasons" ahead of President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration. Authorities also blocked access to social media during elections in February.

‘Biko Zulu’, ‘They Call Me Daktari’ and ‘Mummy Tales’ Among the Winners of the Kenyan Blog Awards

The winners of the Kenyan Blog Awards 2016 were announced at a gala event that took place on May 14 in Kenya's capital Nairobi.

16 May 2016

The Government of Mozambique is “Spying on its Citizens”, According to @Verdade

Global Voices Advocacy

The order to intercept information was secured by military command between 2012-2014, and installed by the Chinese ZTE Corporation. Listening in on citizens is said to have begun in 2013.

Kenyan Blogger and Photographer Goes Missing

Global Voices Advocacy

Before disappearing, he wrote on Facebook about how his arrest and 'terrorism suspect' label have destroyed his career and livelihood.

15 May 2016

South Africa Is Telling Some Radio Stations They Need to Play Almost All Local Music

It's an effort to encourage people to support more local musicians.

Ethiopian Blogger and Activist Sentenced to Five Years and Four Months

Global Voices Advocacy

Ethiopia's state prosecutor conflated digital security training with terrorism. A local judge agreed.

14 May 2016

A Hub for African Digital Art, From Science Fiction Maasai Warriors to Star Wars Re-Imagined in Africa

What if after an annihilation of humans by a lethal virus brought by aliens, the only survivors were the beautiful and strong Maasai people?

12 May 2016

Netizen Report: Facebook and Twitter Disappear in Uganda Amid Election Tensions

Global Voices Advocacy

Mapping “disputed” areas could become a crime in India, Nepal gives Canadian man the boot over controversial tweets and a Russian social mediaite is convicted of promoting “separatism” online.

The King of Congolese Rumba Has Died. This Is His Legacy.

We have lost Papa Wemba, Congolese rumba pioneer and the “King of Sape”. “Farewell to the artist and thank you,” says Global Voices.

11 May 2016

Social Media Blocked in Uganda Ahead of President Museveni's Inauguration

Global Voices Advocacy

"Darkness hovering over Uganda...VPN is the only way to go now"

10 May 2016

Gambian Protesters Allege Police Used Live Ammunition During Bloody Crackdown

The protests were part of an unprecedented movement in the Gambia calling for electoral reforms and the resignation of longtime President Yahya Jammeh.

Uganda's Defiance Campaign Will Not Be Televised

Global Voices Advocacy

"Hot on the heels of #WorldPressFreedomDay comes #UgandaMediaGag. Ironic"

8 May 2016

Famine Haunted His Childhood in Ethiopia. Now He Sees Food Running Out Again.

An Ethiopian expat worries for his homeland as drought and climate change threaten to trigger another famine.

7 May 2016

Baobab and Moringa, Two ‘Superfoods’ With the Potential of Boosting the Planet's Health

As demand for African and Asian tree-based superfoods grows, researchers and entrepreneurs eye ways to maximize benefits for the environment.

5 May 2016

This New Data Set Is Poised to Revolutionize Climate Adaptation

By combining satellite and on-ground weather information, scientists are improving our ability to bring resilience to extreme weather for the world’s poorest people.

4 May 2016

What Is #TheAfricaWeWant? One That's Prosperous, United and Fair, for Starters

"#TheAfricaWeWant is one of Solidarity & Sisterhood, Beauty & Brotherhood, Unity but not uniformity. Where multiplicity of voices strengthen"

3 May 2016

Something Unprecedented Is Happening in The Gambia and You Probably Have No Idea

Last month witnessed an unprecedented uprising in the tiny West African nation of The Gambia. The protests haven't garnered much attention internationally, but Global Voices has been watching.

2 May 2016

‘I Was Forced to Drink My Own Urine’: ‘Freedom’ For Netizens After 647 Days Locked Up, But Not For All

Global Voices Advocacy

Ethiopia's Federal High Court acquits two men who spent more than 600 days incarcerated on terrorism charges that critics allege were politically motivated. A third man was not so lucky.

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