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· November, 2007

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from November, 2007

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Kuduro: The Sexy Angolan Rhythm With a Message

  30 November 2007

Whether the word Kuduro comes from the Kimbundu language, native to northern Angola and means “location” or from the Portuguese expression meaning “hard ass” or “stiff bottom” is debated but there's no argument that the dance is sexy. As one watches the dancers of this Angolan music style jutting their...

Zambia: Listen to George Kazoka

  29 November 2007

Ben Loxo takes us to Zambia for a musical journey: “Wow, busy week. Feeling a bit tired this morning. A little Zambian “you’ve done me wrong” acoustic by George Kazoka lifts me out of bed and into my mug of coffee.”

Angola: A blog post from Angola

  29 November 2007

Thomas Gowans writes a letter from Angola: “Living in Angola, I am used to the now thankfully decreasing threat of assault but after over a decade here, I suppose the odds were against me and last week I received a bit of a hiding. Not, as one might imagine, from...

Zambia: The low tax economy

  29 November 2007

Good news for people hoping to invest in Zambia: “Zambia has some of the lowest tax rates in world – TTR world ranking of 6 and African ranking of 1.”

South Africa: Bliksem: A South African Facebook App

  29 November 2007

Nick is excited about a new Facebook application, Bliksem: “Anyone who knows me knows that I hate blogging about Facebook. This time, however, there is a reason for me to do so. It’s called Bliksem. Bliksem is the Superpoke for South Africans.”

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Uganda: Ten questions with the Comrade

  29 November 2007

Beloved by the blogren for his prolific, provocative comments and his endless, passionate devotion to North Korea, the 27th Comrade was until recently one of Uganda's most active bloggers. Two months ago the Comrade decided to take a hiatus from his blog Communist Socks and Boots. Our author Rebekah Heacock sought him out for a conversation about writing, reggae and, naturally, Communism.

Ghana: Journalist wins award in web media

  28 November 2007

Ghana ICT Journalist blog reports that a journalist in Ghana has won an award: Emily NYARKO, from Ghana, winner of the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) – GKP Media Awards 2007 First Prize in the Multimedia/ Web media category with “Developing ICT enabled education – the future for Ghana”

Zimbabwe: Is there international airport in Zimbabwe?

  28 November 2007

Kubatana blog writes, Welcome to Zimbabwe: “I was at Harare International Airport yesterday. With Zambia Airways deciding to withdraw their services, our description of our airport being international is largely attributed to the fact that South African Airways and Kenya Airways still find it worthwhile flying into Zimbabwe.”

Madagascar: Building a wooden boat

  28 November 2007

Ruth explains how people build wooden boats in Madagascar: “Jean finished building his latest boat 2 weeks ago. It’s a traditional wooden boat built using methods passed down from older fishermen in his district…”

Nigeria: Nollywood actress Bisi Ibidapo-Obe

  27 November 2007

Nollywood photo blog has a post about the Nigerian actress Bisi Ibidapo-Obe:’ Bisi Ibidapo-Obe could easily pass for one of the most beautiful girls in the movie industry. However, when it comes to fashion she is in the class of those who know how to do it well. She’s always...

Uganda: Museveni's big test

  27 November 2007

Ugandan President big test: “Commonwealth chair is Museveni’s big test Now that Chogm has passed, it’s imperative that the country takes stock of the historic week when citizens once again demonstrated that they can stick together to attain a common objective.”

Somalia: Somali culture

  27 November 2007

Learn something about the Somali culture from Shafi: “Receiving a guest with such generosity is often praise worthy and the theme of many verses of poetry. In the Somali culture, where families are judged by their hospitality, Sooryo (receiving guests well) is very important and so is Sagootin (seeing them...

Kenya: American political strategist stirs up Kenya election scene

  27 November 2007

Dick Morris, an American political consultant who worked with the Bill Clinton 1996 re-election recently caused a mini stir in Kenya. He arrived in Kenya and was unveiled by an opposition leader, Raila Odinga, who is the fore runner in the Kenyan presidential elections that will be held in December 2007. But Morris appears to have left the country a day later, leaving behind varied comments on his role and possible impact on the upcoming elections.

Angola: The right of voting

  26 November 2007

Desabafos Angolanos [pt] is proud to announce the success of a demonstration in November 19, in Lisbon, to claim Angolan expatriates’ right to vote: “Success? With only 20 people?” Yes! Success because they were 20 people under rain, 20 people among 100,000 who had no fear, who did not give...

Kenya: Kenya's Second BarCamp

  26 November 2007

White African on Kenya's Second BarCamp: “I’ve been impressed to see the developers and bloggers from Kenya and South Africa taking the time to create gatherings where they can pass on knowledge – everyone ends up profiting from the experience. The techies in Nairobi have just concluded their 2nd BarCamp...

Uganda: Broken Sidewalks

  26 November 2007

Want will happen to the broken sidewalks in Uganda?: “They tore up the sidewalks and streets for Chogm to rebuild nicer ones. But since the repairs haven’t been finished, and the Queen and other diplomats and visitors have come and gone, they’ll stay half-finished forever. Chogm came and went without...

Somalia: Somalia Journal: Riot

  26 November 2007

David Axe is currently visiting Somalia and blogs about his experience: “The first time we went to the tiny movie house near the Mogadishu seaport, with a mind to doing some interviews, the manager fussed at us for not making an appointment. It was tense, but not alarming. We promised...

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Peace Corps bloggers from Burkina Faso

  26 November 2007

My first post for Global Voices Online discussed the expatriate bloggers living and working and writing in Burkina Faso. Today, we’ll investigate another group of expatriates living in Burkina Faso as we delve into Peace Corps bloggers.

About our Sub-Saharan Africa coverage

Nwachukwu Egbunike is the Sub-Saharan Co-Editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

Njeri Wangari is the Sub-Saharan Africa Co-editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Dércio Tsandzana is the Lusophone (Portuguese) editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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