I am a blogger, journalist, lawyer, digital activist and new media consultant. I am interested in the relationship between social media and development in the developing world, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.
I am the Sub-Saharan Africa Editor here at Global Voices. Follow me on Twitter: @ndesanjo
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They blasted the country's president, historical and present-day inequality, and the rating agencies themselves after S&P Global Ratings and Fitch downgraded South Africa.
The 1st Quarter Social Media Index report for 2017, released by the non-profit organisation Penplusbytes, surveys the use of social media by newspapers, TV stations and radio stations.
"...most migrants wish to forget and move forward with their lives and therefore tend not to share their experience with peers who are still back home."
South Africa's Minister of State Security announced that his government is contemplating regulating social media to counter false narratives and the spread of fake news.
Internet users around the world are praising Saidy Brown, the 22-year-old woman in South Africa, who used Twitter last month to publicize that she is HIV positive.
"If someone jumps a leg over you, you won't grow tall unless they unjump you"
Kenyans don't go to the polls until Aug. 8, but election fever is already gripping the country. On Twitter, one trending hashtag is #NotWithMyVote.
The Kenyan Blog Awards is now taking submissions for this year's ceremony. The call for nominations runs until March 10. Bloggers and fans can submit nominations in several different categories.
South Africa is currently in the midst of another wave of attacks against African immigrants, with crowds shouting xenophobic slogans and looting and burning down businesses and homes.
"#ThingsDineoShouldTakeWithHer...Corrupt politicians, sure we'll lose 10% of our population but it'll be worth it."
"Kenyans are suffering with this drought and all we are asked to do is dab #DabOfShame"
Energized by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's ouster, Africans are now criticizing many of the region's international groups for failing to remove other “dictators.”
Internet penetration is up and blogs are increasingly popular – for readers and writers alike. But arrests of bloggers and online journalists are increasing too.
"Mentioning 'Tanzania' and 'democracy' in the same sentence amounts to subjecting the term 'democracy' to ridicule."
"Ghana is consistently one of those African countries that gives the Western media nothing negative to report about Africa."
Report Shows Ghana's Opposition Presidential Candidate Leads in Facebook Likes, Incumbent President Leads in Twitter Followers
"[T]he report has shown that social media has become a normal and central form of communication for all segments of the population, particularly, political parties and their leaders..."
"Friendly reminder that clever retorts on social media, passion, facts & figures won't be counted. Your vote will. Go & vote! "
"Doom is the answer brothers and sisters lets bow our heads and sPray."
"We won't forget how Fidel Castro supported the fight against apartheid when the 'civilized' world didn't. Castro, with his faults, was a leader."
From music videos and animated cartoons to a 6-year-old comedian, discover the winners of the inaugural Sub-Saharan African YouTube Awards.