· May, 2009

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from May, 2009

Zambia: Support a Zambian filmmaker in an online film contest

  20 May 2009

Support a Zambian filmmaker in an online film contest: “Zambian filmmaker Chansa Tembo has been named a finalist in the U.S. Embassy’s inaugural Democracy Video Challenge online film contest. Mr. Tembo will compete with two other African filmmakers for the chance to win an all-expenses trip to Washington, DC, New...

Zambia: HIV discrimination trial postponed

  20 May 2009

The HIV discrimination case that was going to be live-blogged from the High Court in Zambia has been postponed: “So the judge has spoken and postponed the trial until 15 July 2009. She says that she doesn’t have any dates available until then. This is unfortunate given that both of...

Malawi: Twittering Malawi Elections 2009

  19 May 2009

Seven candidates are running for president in the fourth presidential elections in Malawi, including the incumbent Bingu wa Mutharika for the Democratic Progressive Party and the main opposition figure John Tembo, standing for the opposition coalition. Voters are also choosing their members of parliament. Anyone interested in the elections can follow updates from Malawian micro-bloggers.

Zambia: Groundbreaking HIV case in court

  19 May 2009

Priti Patel is following a groundbreaking HIV case in Livingstone, Zambia: “On Wednesday, 20 May, the Livingstone High Court will hear a ground-breaking case determining whether mandatory testing for HIV and discrimination solely on the basis of HIV status is constitutional in Zambia.”

Malawi: Listen to Malawi Election Bloggers

  19 May 2009

Malawians are currently voting in the presidential and parliamentary elections. A group of Malawian bloggers were trained by PenPlusBytes, an International Institute of ICT Journalism in collaboration with New Media Institute to monitor and comment on the elections using blogs, twitter and mobile phones. Let's take a look at their blogs, which are hosted on The African Elections Portal. The African Elections Portal provides comprehensive election related information on the various countries in Africa.

Disabled Congolese Find Ways to Thrive

  17 May 2009

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, life for the disabled or physically impaired is wrought with difficulties. With no state support and few employment prospects, individuals with disabilities face numerous challenges. This article explores the innovative ways some disabled Congolese earn their living.

Macedonia: French Military Cemetery in Skopje

Volan presents a photo and video story about the French Military Cemetery in Skopje that houses the remains of 2,930 soldiers from France and its colonies, including Morocco and Senegal, who have fallen during World War I on the Macedonian Front, aka Salonika front (1915-1918). The site presents a historical...

Ghana: Sponsor Maker Faire Africa

  16 May 2009

You can sponsor Maker Faire Africa, “We’ve been asked by a number of people if they could sponsor Maker Faire Africa as individuals. Amounts that range from $25 to $100. This is a good idea, and in line with the type of event that this is.”

Video: 48 Hour Young Lions YouTube Contest and others you can join

Tonight could be your chance to make it big in the online video field, almost anywhere you live. All it takes is 48 hours to make, upload and get as many votes on your video, and you could go to the Cannes Film Festival. If you can't make it on time, don't worry: following is a list of other contests open for participants from all around the world.

South Africa: “Cape Africa” Time

  15 May 2009

Koluki writes about the exhibition of contemporary African culture in Cape Town, South Africa, “Borrowing its title from the acclaimed novel by Capetonian author Alex La Guma, A Walk Into the Night is an innovative project inspired by the history of the Cape Town Carnival.”

Kenya: What do you see on these images?

  15 May 2009

What do you see on these images taken in rural Kenya? asks Erik. “Under each image you’ll see why it’s interesting. By the way, I too missed the relevance of the flip flops at first glance…”

Kenya: Guns should be legal

  15 May 2009

Tom wants guns to be legal in Kenya: “The government through propaganda is failing to protect the security of the individual and property. Kenya is hence a state where life is brutish, hash and nasty because of laws placed by someone who has guards 24/7.”

Nigeria: Gas flaring to continue

  15 May 2009

Sokari writes about gas flaring in Nigeria, “The Nigerian government has once again extended the deadline to end gas flaring…Gas flaring is the burning of the natural gas that is produced on the surface during the production process. The gas produces huge flames and toxic gases.”

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Zita Zage
Zita Zage is the Anglophone Africa Editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Jean Sovon
Jean Sovon is the Francophone Africa. Editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.