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Ndesanjo Macha

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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Latest posts by Ndesanjo Macha

20 December 2016

Kenya Internet Report Charts Increases in Access, E-Commerce and Arrests of Bloggers

Internet penetration is up and blogs are increasingly popular – for readers and writers alike. But arrests of bloggers and online journalists are increasing too.

16 December 2016

#FreeMaxenceMelo: Authorities Charge Tanzanian Whistleblowing Website Owner Under Cybercrimes Law

Global Voices Advocacy

"Mentioning 'Tanzania' and 'democracy' in the same sentence amounts to subjecting the term 'democracy' to ridicule."

11 December 2016

Ghana Proves That Peaceful, Free and Fair Elections Are Not a Dream in Africa

"Ghana is consistently one of those African countries that gives the Western media nothing negative to report about Africa."

7 December 2016

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..."

6 December 2016

Fake News, Peaceful Voting and Other Things on Ghanaians’ Minds Ahead of Elections

"Friendly reminder that clever retorts on social media, passion, facts & figures won't be counted. Your vote will. Go & vote! "

29 November 2016

Meet South Africa's Prophet of Doom…Literally

"Doom is the answer brothers and sisters lets bow our heads and sPray."

27 November 2016

Many Africans (But Not All) Recall Fidel Castro as a True Friend of the Continent

"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."

16 November 2016

Expand Your YouTube Horizons With These Award-Winning African Online Video Creators

From music videos and animated cartoons to a 6-year-old comedian, discover the winners of the inaugural Sub-Saharan African YouTube Awards.

14 November 2016

A Live Facebook Event to Promote Peace and Fight Hate Speech in Kenya

DW Akademie is hosting the event to discuss strategies to counter hate speech in Kenya ahead of the general elections next year.

10 November 2016

Africans See Humour and Hypocrisy in Donald Trump's Presidential Win

"Donald Trump is the 45th President of the USA and the story of America as a shining beacon of justice is a lie."

8 November 2016

A Hilarious Meme Leads to Crowdfunding Campaign for Children in Ghana

"There have been many stories of how crowdsourcing rescued many from challenges. But it is more exciting when a negative and hilarious meme is turned into a good tale..."

7 November 2016

South African President Zuma Fights for Political Career After Corruption Report

"If Zuma is still president after this ordeal, we're a spineless joke of a constitutional democracy,” said one Twitter user in South Africa.

28 October 2016

Report Shows How Ghana's Politicians Are Using Social Media Ahead of Elections

The second edition of the Governance Social Media Index assesses and ranks the presence of political parties, political party leaders and key election management bodies in Ghana on social media.

20 October 2016

Young Skaters in Rural South Africa Shred It Up in ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’

Skateboarding isn't popular in South Africa, especially in black communities. As one young Zulu puts it, "We are skateboarders because we want to live a life which is good...and awesome."

17 October 2016

An Animated Video Explains the Powers of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Not sure what the court does? This video might help.

13 October 2016

Ethiopia's State of Emergency: ‘The Last Sequence of a Brutal Authoritarian Regime'?

"We all know what #StateOfEmergency means,The usual suspects (our friends and activist we know) r in eminent danger now.It is sad."

30 September 2016

In Tanzania, Expressing Political Opinions on Social Media is Becoming Increasingly Dangerous

Global Voices Advocacy

Since President John Magufuli won the presidential election in October 2015, 14 people have already being arrested and charged for insulting the president on social media.

16 September 2016

Zimbabweans Can't Stop Giggling About a ‘Hideous’ Statue of Longtime President Mugabe

"Good thing Dominic #Benhura made this ugly statue of #Mugabe. Citizens will enjoy knocking it down when he falls."

25 August 2016

Africans Have a Laugh at Themselves Imagining ‘If Africa Was a School’

"Madagascar would be the kid no one invites to a party coz they live out of town."

24 August 2016

An Ethiopian Runner Makes a Brave Gesture of Anti-Government Protest at the Olympic Finish Line

"#FeyisaLilesa used the biggest stage of his life to express a muzzled generational cry for freedom. He spoke without words. #courage"

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