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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

14 April 2017

Some South Africans Argue It's Not Just Their Country's Credit Rating That's Junk Status

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.

Some of Ghana's Media Houses Are Social Media Stars, While Others Take a Pass

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.

12 April 2017

Survivors Share Their Stories About the Dangers of Migrating Across the Sahara Desert

"...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."

10 March 2017

South Africans Want Their Government's Hands Off Social Media

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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.

6 March 2017

Young South African Woman Living With HIV Decides She's Not Hiding Anymore

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.

28 February 2017

South Africans Share Funny Things They Believed While Growing Up

"If someone jumps a leg over you, you won't grow tall unless they unjump you"

26 February 2017

Kenyans Get an Early Start on Their Summer Election Season

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.

25 February 2017

You Can Now Nominate Candidates for the 2017 Kenya Blog Awards

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.

New Clashes Over Immigrants Sweep South Africa

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.

20 February 2017

A Dozen or More Things Tropical Cyclone Dineo Should Have Taken Away From South Africa

"#ThingsDineoShouldTakeWithHer...Corrupt politicians, sure we'll lose 10% of our population but it'll be worth it."

15 February 2017

Kenyan President's #DabChallenge Backfires After Critics Create #DabOfShame

"Kenyans are suffering with this drought and all we are asked to do is dab #DabOfShame"

30 January 2017

‘Operation Restore Democracy’ Raises Hopes and Demands Across Africa

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.”

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

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"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.

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