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· January, 2008

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from January, 2008

Angola: We CAN do it

  31 January 2008

“For the first time ever the Angolan national team made it to the quarters-finals of the African Cup of Nations (CAN)”. Jotacê Carranca [pt] is akready celebrating a possible victory.

Mozambique: More on the strange mass kidnapping

  31 January 2008

Moçambique para Todos [pt] picks up on Ivone Soares’ piece of news yesterday that a mass kidnapping had happened in Mocímboa da Praia.”It is all very odd and almost like a movie! Will the media report on the press conference? I have read about 10 newspapers today (January 30th) and...

The difference between Senegal and China

  31 January 2008

Blog politique au Senegal explains the difference between Senegal and China [Fr]: “Aside from the obvious differences like the color of their skin, the enormous disparity in the size of their populations, their respective demographic differences, I also know that there exists another fundamental difference…Us, we play football, we dream...

Mozambique: Police stops suspected children trafficking truck

  30 January 2008

Breaking the news in the blogosphere, Carlos Serra [pt] reports that the police in Inchope intercepted a truck with 40 children between the ages of 7 and 11 years from Nampula, Mozambique. It is believed that they were being trafficked. “Social and institutional vulnerabilities makes trafficking possible and extended. Several...

Kenya: Using SMS to spread rumours

  30 January 2008

What An African Woman Thinks writes about negative uses of SMS in Kenya: “Regarding the escalating violence in Kenya, the ICRC spokesman in the country, one Bernard Barret is quoted as saying that rumours are being spread by mobile phone text messages predicting imminent attacks by one group or another...

Citizen Uganda: Smart and very, very pretty

  30 January 2008

Citizen Uganda is the best new online source of information about Uganda, and it's also very, very pretty. To scroll down the main page of Citizen Uganda is to indulge in a visual symphony: carefully selected photos align harmoniously with well-crafted blocks of text. Thick lines in complementary colors separate commentary from current events.

Louis Michel Heckled by Congolese Protestors at the London School of Economics

  30 January 2008

Le renouveau congolais posts a YouTube video which shows Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid and formerly Belgian's foreign minister, as he was confronted by Congolese protesters during a talk given earlier this month on the EU and Africa at the London School of Economics. Read the reactions from Congolese netizens and a video response that will make you move your feet.

Mozambique: A suspicious kidnapping

  30 January 2008

Ivone Soares has an incredible piece of local news: “On 23/01/2008, the citizen Momade Hamade was kidnapped by unknown people in Mocímboa da Praia. He was taken to a a camp where there were about twenty people from both sexes also as taken hostages. Six people among the criminals were...

Senegal to hold local elections

  30 January 2008

Blog Politique au Senegal writes about local elections in Senegal [Fr], claiming that the dominant parties want to limit the number of political parties in the country and that no party is able to clearly enunciate their ideologies and plans.

Ghana: Eating Waakye

  29 January 2008

Fran blogs about eating a local dish, waakye, in Ghana: “Last night I cooked up some waakye (pronounced “WAAchi where the “i” sounds like the “i” in “in” and made from rice and beans or black-eyed peas), fried some ripe plantain slices, made a little gravy (oil, onion, tomatoes, hot...

Kenya: The Kenya I want

  29 January 2008

Diary written by Amudachi about Kenya: “Part of the Kenya I want is a Kenya where politicians will not run rough shod over the law & the will of the people to serve their own ends. Part of the Kenya I want is a Kenya where my consititutional RIGHT to...

Using Web2.0 tools for Environmental Activism

  28 January 2008

To borrow a leaf from the Global voices Sub Saharan Editor's post on cyber-activism in the aftermath of the elections in Kenya; we take a look at how environmental bloggers and activists are using web 2.0 tools to bring attention to issues ranging from deforestation, conservation and global warming, and...

Mozambique: Back to school, only for some

  28 January 2008

Júlio Mutisse [pt] comments on the beginning of the school year in Mozambique today and the problems that education faces in the country, where many children have not found places to attend to school. “I'm not even talking about the quality of education. I am just talking about access to...

South Africa: 2008 South Africa Blog Awards

  27 January 2008

Cherryflava announces the 2008 South Africa Blog Awards: “This year's SA Blog Awards site is now live – with initial nominations opening up on the site on Monday 11 February [put that in your diary now]. All last year's categories are still up for grabs, as well as a few...

Uganda: Bloggers Happy Hour

  27 January 2008

Darlyne shares her experience at the first 2008 Uganda Bloggers Happy Hour: “And so it was, BHH I mean and it rocked. I was the first one there as I usually am only because I work so close to Mateos and finish work at 4 so I am basically idle...

Uganda: 2007 Uganda Best of Blogs awards

  27 January 2008

2007 uganda Best of Blogs awards: “Over at The Kampalan, Dee has just announced the 2007 Uganda Best of Blogs awards. Check out her post for the nomination specifics…”

Nigeria: The Super Eagles may not qualify

  27 January 2008

Emmanuel discusses the Nigerian national soccer team, the Super Eagles: “Berti Vogts has finally brought some pride to many a Nigerian coach who has perpetually been looked down upon by the NFA. Ever since I grew up to know what football is, ever since I started watching the super Eagles...

Namibia: Spatial Analysis Blog

  27 January 2008

Hipondoka sets up blog focused on GIS at the University of Namibia: “At the end of the second semester, we are expected to produce a research paper specifically making use of RS or GIS or both as a tool. For this year, topics will be centred around the City of...

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