Stories about Kenya from May, 2012
Kenya: #NairobiBlast Rocks Nairobi, Trends on Twitter
Following a huge explosion that struck one of Nairobi's main avenues, Moi Avenue, Kenyans and friends of Kenya took to Twitter to report, share information, advice and discuss the tragedy.
Africa: Kwani? Manuscript Project Announces Literary Prize
“To celebrate the African novel and its adaptability and resilience, Kwani Trust announces a one-off new literary prize for African writing. The Kwani? Manuscript Project calls for the submission of unpublished fiction manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the Diaspora,” Nana reports.
Africa: Talking About Africa's Digital Future
Will Mutua talks to CEO and co-founder of buni.tv, a new internet video platform specifically focused on content created in Africa or about Africa.
Africa: Fresh Perspective in Telling African Stories
SautiProject is an African citizen journalism project supported by Al Jazeera Kiswahili and Pawa254 Sauti Project is an African citizen journalist initiative; a fresh perspective into the telling of African stories. It's journalism with a flair, stories with a passion.
Kenya: Online Platform for Amplifying People's Power
Bunge la Mwananchi is an online platform for amplifying grassroots people’s power to decide on their politics and economics so as to improve their social conditions in Kenya.
Kenya: To Pay or Not to #PayInterns?
Kenyan tweep @RobertAlai started a lively debate on Twitter on 14 May, 2012 about the need for companies to pay interns. He argued that using interns without pay is a form of exploitation. Tweeps have been using the hashtag #PayInterns to question the practice forcing some companies to clear their names on Twitter.
Kenya: #PayInterns Trending
#PayInterns is trending in Kenya. @mainneli writes: “Interns should be paid. they do the same work and same stuff like anyone else in the office,stop exploitation #Payinterns”
Kenya: Mark Kaigwa to Global Voices: “The East is Coming to Africa.”
At the 2012 edition of the Berlin re:publica conference, which took place from 2-4 May., Kenyan blogger and entrepreneur Mark Kaigwa was a featured speaker at a session entitled "Silicon Savanna, how African technologies are changing the world". Global Voices took this opportunity to catch up with Mark and discuss his positive outlook about Africa's future.
Kenya: Chronicles of a Kenyan Farmer Online
E.K. Kamwenji is a Kenyan blogging farmer residing in Nyeri. He believes that farmers need to use new technologies for networking and marketing of farm produce. His blog, Chronicles of a Kenyan Farmer, was nominated in the Agriculture Category in this year's BAKE Blogger Awards.
Africa: Will Local Content Policies Help Avert the Oil Curse?
In recent years, major reserves of oil have been discovered at various locations across Africa. This 'black gold' may represent an opportunity for economic growth, but the fear shared by experts and Sub-Saharan Africa citizens is that the windfall may not benefit local populations at all.
Kenya: An Online Source for Kenya Architecture
Architecture Kenya is an online source of information for a growing number of people interested in Kenyan architectural news, projects, products, events, jobs, interviews and competitions among others.
Kenya: The Bake Blog Awards 2012
On 5 May, 2012 the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) rewarded bloggers that post on a regular basis, have great and useful content, are creative and innovative. The awards are part of BAKE’s efforts in the promotion of quality content creation in Kenya.
Kenya: State of Software and Intellectual Property Law in Kenya
Learn about the state of software and intellectual property law in Kenya: “Kenya’s judiciary does not deliberate many software and IP cases and the country remains lax in terms of piracy with domestic uses of pirated software being allowed, but companies being liable for piracy if software installed on office...
Africa: Calls for Transparency Over Marked Increase in Land Deals
Almost 5% of Africa's agricultural land has been bought or leased by investors since 2000. Observers are increasingly worried about the fact that such land deals usually take place in the world poorest countries and how they impact its most vulnerable population, the farmers.