· May, 2010

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from May, 2010

Sierra Leone/Liberia: Naomi Campbell boosts Charles Taylor Trial

  22 May 2010

“The people of Sierra Leone should be grateful for Naomi Campbell's eccentrics because she has single-handedly boost the profile of the Taylor trial and now the world's talking.” writes Sweet Sierra Leone following reports that the prosecutor in the trial of Charles Taylor wants to get a subpoena for Naomi...

Eritrea: “Eritrean journalist” exposed

  22 May 2010

The Association of Eritrean Journalists in Exile has released a statement concerning a matter of importance an individual called Mr. Yonas Embaye who claims to have worked as a journalist in Eritrea.

Ghana: New book by Ghanaian blogger

  21 May 2010

Kajsa writes about a new book by a Ghanaian blogger: “Well, maybe it is a stretch to say that Circles by Boakyewaa Glover (click to go to her blog) is a blog book, it is maybe rather a book by a blogger.”

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Inclusive Government Watch

  21 May 2010

Zimbabwe Inclusive Government Watch from Sokwanene: “The results – from the month of April 2010 – are staggering. Twenty-two articles (27.8% of the total) detailed cases of violence, intimidation, hate speech and abductions, of which Zanu-PF were accountable for 90.9%.”

South Africa: Build up to the World Cup

  21 May 2010

With 20 days left to the the greatest spectacle showcasing the “beautiful game” in South Africa, there has been a lot of preparation going on behind the scenes and a lot of talk in the South African blogosphere on various issues surrounding the World Cup.

Egypt: No Longer Jewel of the Nile

Four of the seven upstream Nile Basin Initiative countries have decided to sign a new Nile deal. Despite strong Egyptian and Sudanese opposition, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia signed a new water-sharing agreement. Egyptian bloggers react to the news in this post by Marwa Rakha.

Kenya: Linking banks and mobile payments

  20 May 2010

Erik writes about linking banks and mobile payments in Kenya: “People are excited about M-Kesho (money for the future) which launched yesterday, where Safaricom has linked their mobile payments service Mpesa as a joint venture with Equity Bank in Kenya.”

Madagascar: Violence Erupts Between Army and Dissident Police Unit

  20 May 2010

On May, 20th 2010, sustained gun battles between rival armed forces lasted for an hour in the capital city of Madagascar, Antananarivo. The ongoing political crisis has once again erupted into violence as a report from the local Red Cross states that at least three people were wounded in the...

Côte d'Ivoire – Ghana: Friends and Foes at World Cup 2010

  18 May 2010

Côte d'Ivoire  and Ghana will be the two nations representing the West African region at the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. For the first time, the World Cup will be hosted on African soil and therefore will provide tremendous incentives for African nations to excel on the brightest of...

Africa: On Africa’s Tech Entrepreneurs

  18 May 2010

“A Rising Tide: Africa’s Tech Entrepreneurs,” is Erik's post about technology entrepreneurs in Africa based on his talk at NetProphet 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Ghana: Getting used to slow internet in Accra

  18 May 2010

Wanjiku writes about her experience with internet in Accra, Ghana: Long before Kenya was connected via fiber optic, we were used to the slow internet. We were used to waiting 10 minutes before attaching a file, and we were ok with that.”

Kenya: New book by Kenyan blogger available online

  18 May 2010

Kenyan poet and blogger, Njeri Wangari, reports that her new book is available on Amazon: “Some good news for all those with Amazon accounts, my book is now available on Amazon for only $12. For Kenyan buyers, I will update you immediately the book hits the shelves.”

Kenya: Elderly women taking self defence lessons

  18 May 2010

Elderly women in Kenya are taking self defence lessons: “Elderly women in Korogocho, Kenya are sick and tired of the numerous stories of rape against their peers. So these feisty mamas have decided to take matters into their own hands. To combat the violence, an elderly Kenyan woman has decided...

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