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This weeks voices from Nigeria and Ghana

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana, Nigeria

Chippla [1] reports on the Belleveiw plane crash in Nigeria [2]last weekend. He talks about the first few hours after the plane crashed. He gave an account of Nigerian's perception of Bellview Airlines and why Nigerians considered it the safest, until that black Sunday. UKNaija [3] raises questions about the Nigerian search efforts, why the TV station that broadcast the crash site was shut, among others.

TRAE days [4] expresses his view on Nigerians having too much of God in their head. He tells us that hardly will a Nigerian talk without introducing the God sentiments. He gave instances of prominent people in the country that have mentioned God in formal discussions instead of just “talking the talk”

Black Looks [5] reports on Nigerian human rights lawyer, Mrs Hauwa Ibrahim who has won a prize for “freedom of thought”

Abuja City [6] reports on an investigation by the Toxic Trade Watchdog [7], Basel Action Network (BAN) that mentioning Nigeria as a digital dumping ground for out of date and environmentally unfriendly computer systems. This entry is an eye-opener, particularly now that the number of computer users is increasing in the country.

Staying with computers, Timbuktu Chronicles [8] reports on the “self-serving words of a Microsoft Nigeria spokesperson, Africa has no need for Free Open Source Software “. Why? According to Microsoft ” You can give people free software or computers, but they won't have the expertise to use”. For Microsoft Africa is a huge largely untapped market. It is clear from these statements that they are preparing to battle with open source software provision by FOSS [9]which by its very nature of being free and open has a head start.

Ghana

The Ghana Journal [10] talks about his recent trip to the Northern part of Ghana. His entry discusses the Ghanaian slum lives and the challenges faced by the inhabitants. He reports on the activities of the Ghana Homeless Peoples’ Federation, a network of community-led groups in slums across the country in helping the slum populace. He also has some interesting pictures.

Ramblings of an African Geek [7] has a review of “Bloodchild” by African American writer, Octavia Butler.