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
Latest posts by Ndesanjo Macha
10 March 2017
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
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
26 February 2017
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
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.
20 February 2017
"#ThingsDineoShouldTakeWithHer...Corrupt politicians, sure we'll lose 10% of our population but it'll be worth it."
15 February 2017
30 January 2017
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
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
"Mentioning 'Tanzania' and 'democracy' in the same sentence amounts to subjecting the term 'democracy' to ridicule."
11 December 2016
"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
"Friendly reminder that clever retorts on social media, passion, facts & figures won't be counted. Your vote will. Go & vote! "
29 November 2016
27 November 2016
"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
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
10 November 2016
8 November 2016
"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..."