· July, 2009

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from July, 2009

Ghana: Hope and candour float in Ghana following Obama's visit

  15 July 2009

In anticipation of the coming of US president Barack Obama to Ghana from 10-11th July, the ghanablogging.com community—established in 2008 to promote the work of Ghanaian bloggersand bloggers writing about Ghana—set a theme entitled “Obama’s visit: A View from Ghana”. Below are some of the highlights of the blog entries.

Zambia: HIV Discrimination case round 2

  15 July 2009

Latest update about the HIV discrimination case in Zambia: “After an almost eight week delay, we expect to start the trial of 2 former employees of the Zambian Air Force who were allegedly tested for HIV without their consent and dismissed because of their status. The trial is expected to...

Congo Brazzaville: Disappointment at Presidential election

  13 July 2009

On Sunday July 12th, people in the Republic of the Congo voted in an election which opposition leaders boycotted over allegations it would be neither free nor fair. Denis Sassou N’Guesso, who has ruled the Congo for about 25 years as head of state, is seeking another seven year term...

Republic of Congo: Voters want peace and stability

  13 July 2009

Elie Smith sums up voters’ expectations in the presidential elections in the Republic of Congo: “Most voters today said, their main motivation to vote was to consolidate peace and stability and these two aspects, are the greatest achievements of incumbent President Denis Sassou Nguesso.”

Africa: Vote for Pambazuka News

  13 July 2009

Sokari urges readers to vote for Pambazuka News, the source of authentic voices of Africa’s social activists and analysts : “For the fifth year running, Pambazuka News has been selected as one of 25 finalist nominations in the ‘Top 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics’ competition.”

Cameroon: Bloggers Discuss Obama's Ghana Speech

  13 July 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama gave a speech in Ghana which could be considered as his Africa policy speech. Cameroonians at home and in the diaspora have been reacting to the words pronounced by the American leader with African roots via the blogosphere.

Africa: BarCamp Africa moves to Maneno blogging platform

  12 July 2009

BarCamp Africa has moved to Maneno blogging platform: “We at Maneno are very excited to announce that BarcampAfrica.com has now been moved over to the Maneno platform. With this partnership, Barcamp Africa takes on a new form where the website becomes a hub for all Africa-related BarCamps on the continent...

Ghana: Bloggers React to Obama's Speech

  12 July 2009

President Barack Obama made his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa and delivered a speech in Accra, Ghana on July 11. The speech has drawn reactions from bloggers around Africa and abroad. Here are some discussions in the blogosphere about the message he had for Africa.

Malawi: Malawi Who Is Who

  11 July 2009

Nyirenda writes about a plan by the Malawi Government to come up with a list of professionally qualified Malawians who are based abroad to comprise a Malawi Government Publication to be known as Malawi WHO IS WHO.

Africa: Interesting questions for Obama

  11 July 2009

Rafiki Kenya writes about questions from Africans for Barack Obama: “In the meantime, the White House has shared an interactive map which samples 43 of the more than 5,000 questions received. There are pertinent questions about the ever-present vice of corruption”

Ghana: Chocolate for Obama

  10 July 2009

Does Obama like chocolate? The folks at Divine Chocolate are inviting Pres. Obama to visit and learn more about cocoa farmers in Ghana

Kenya: Circumcision: a question of health or politics?

  10 July 2009

HIV Kenya discusses HIV and circumcision: “If I were a Kenyan man and someone said, “hey, you could reduce your chances of contracting HIV by 60% if you get circumcised”, I don't think I'd take up the offer. Health services in Kenya have been declining since the 70s and a...

Ghana: Ghana's democracy dividends

  10 July 2009

Edward Kutsoati discusses Ghana's democracy dividends: Last year, in the midst of the “Obama fever,” another event – by no means as historic as President Barack Obama’s election victory, but remarkable nonetheless – was shaping up in Ghana.

Zimbabwe: Vendors of Zimbabwe Unite!

  10 July 2009

“Vendors of Zimbabwe Unite!,” reads the headline at Kubatana blog: “Here’s some citizen reporting just received from a Zimbabwean living in Harare: This afternoon at about 2.30pm I saw vendors scattering in all directions dropping their vegetables and running for their lives. The scene was just off 7th Avenue in...

Nigeria: Traffic update by SMS

  10 July 2009

eNowNow is a service in Nigeria where anyone with a mobile phone can sign up to receive updates on traffic conditions in different areas around Lagos.

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Njeri Wangari is the Anglophone Africa Editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

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