Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from June, 2008
JotaCê Carranca [pt] blogs some interesting pictures sent by a reader of the blog, first a creative wooden vehicle which looks like a bike found in the streets of Bocoio, Angola; then a school in Libangue “in which there is nothing else apart from what you can see [in the...
The African Uptimist congratulates three African companies for winning the 2008 Ashden Awards.
Mapping terror in Zimbabwe: Sokwanele has mapped a sample of the cases based on recorded first hand testimony from victims, and the interactive map so far bears witness to over 1,000 confirmed experiences of terror and intimidation.
Al Kags writes about the ICT Public Panel for e-commerce Competitiveness in Kenya: The purpose of the ICT Public Panel for ecommerce competitiveness was to look at all the issues that relate to the ecommerce framework in Kenya that will make kenya competitive from an ecommerce perspective.
A new film about Congolese music: On the Rumba River: a new French film on Congolese music and life on the world's second largest river, now a graveyard for abandoned barges and steamers.
Collins asks “Is PayPal effective in Africa?”: I believe that maybe Paypal does not recognize the potential and opportunities available in Africa and it is time we trumpeted this cause and let them know they are loosing out and costing us!
Congratulations Afrigadget: “AfriGadget, that brave new face of the “can do” attitude personified has joined the prestigious community of Time Magazine's 50 Best Websites 2008!”
Only Kenyans: 1. Are engaged for 5 years or more, 2.Never bother to divorce, they just separate, 3.Are late to church, work, and everything else, EXCEPT when the disco is free before 9pm, 4.Refer to diabetes as “SUGAR”, 5.Show up at weddings, showers, graduation, birthday parties with a new outfit...
A campaign to help Zimbabweans abroad return home to vote: Sponsorship options include assisting an employee with a return ticket, paying for one or more seats on a bus via the www.votezim.com website, or even sponsoring an entire bus.
Kenyan Notoriety Index: Members of Parliament- Nothing good can be said of these people. They know how to debate on many issues concerning how to raise their money, how to use their money and how to have money after they leave parliament. Very progressive indeed.
Violence and murders continue in Zimbabwe: Four MDC youths were this morning found dead after Zanu PF and state security agents had abducted them in Chitungwiza yesterday morning.
Members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise have been released from prison: Eleven of the 14 WOZA members arrested on 28th May 2008 were finally released from remand prison on bail on Friday evening (13th June) after 17 days in custody.
Kangi Alem writes of Togolese singer Vanessa Worou [Fr]: “at times a little reminiscent of [Angelique] Kidjo, but on the whole, confidently sung and with a simple, effective orchestration.”
Burkinabe blogger QuophyBlogeur writes about employees of the Ghanaian company, STC and their harrowing encounter with an illegal roadblock [Fr] set up by bandits with AK-47s.
An update from AVIF volunteers in Kenya: Just a quick update from the Mercy Home to fill you all in on our visit and show you how all the money you have donated has helped improve the Mercy Home and provide a better life for all the girls here.
A list of technology events taking place in Africa from White Africa: “I’m starting to compile a list of interesting technology events happening around the continent. If this ends up being useful, I’ll create a page to keep it updated. Let me know if you like it, or if there...
The Urbansprout reports “SA's first renewable energy power initiative feeding into the national grid was officially powered up on Friday. The R75-million Darling Wind Farm consists of four turbines of 1.3 MW capacity generating a total of 5.2 MW of beautiful clean energy!”
Comparing MXit and Facebook in South Africa: “BMI-TechKnowledge Group have released a Digital Lifestyles Predictions report with some really interesting info re: MXit and Facebook use within the major cities of South Africa with this pretty graph to go with it.”
Photos of African wildlife: “Actually, this week it should be called the ‘Weekly High Eight’ as I had quite a bit of trouble choosing only five images and so I thought I would just add the lot! Nature, and African wildlife specifically, offers us so much visual beauty and having...
Morgan Tsvangirai campaign in Zimbabwe on Google Earth: “I’ve compiled Morgan Tsvangirai’s campaign from June 2nd until yesterday, with information on campaign stops, detentions by police, vehicle impoundments, and references to all information from on-line news sources. I’ll update it as required. The tour will take you round parts of...
Ladybrille writes about the Nigeria Entertainment Awards: “The Nigeria Entertainment Awards [NEA], established only three years ago and held in New York City, each year, is one such event that is highly anticipated. The event which showcases the contributions of Nigerian Artists to the world, struggled, in its infancy, to...