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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

29 November 2015

When in Doubt, Ask Yourself ‘What Would the Tanzanian President Do?’

Tanzania's President John Magufuli's radical measures to save money have led to a humorous trending hashtag, #WhatWouldMagufuliDo.

23 November 2015

Zambian Journalist and Global Voices Contributor Gershom Ndhlovu Dies

Respected journalist Gershom Ndhlovu, whose worked to "leave a better Zambia for our children and their children", passed away over the weekend.

21 November 2015

Following the Paris Attacks, Some Africans Wonder If All Human Lives Are of Equal Value

“I refuse to acknowledge that some human beings are more special than the rest of us,” one Facebook user said.

18 November 2015

Africans Wonder What Pope Francis’ Visit Will Achieve for the Continent

Can the ‘political pope,’ as he is increasingly being called, advance peace and promote reconciliation in Africa where so many others have failed?

11 November 2015

Four Tanzanians Charged for Publishing Political Information on WhatsApp

Global Voices Advocacy

Four other Tanzanians have been arrested and charged for political comments they made using the messaging service WhatsApp.

27 October 2015

#FeesMustFall Hashtag in South Africa Turns Into #FeesHaveFallen. But Have They?

"The reality is that #FeesHaveFallen has been hushed into FeesHaveNotFallen. Nothing's changed; something has been prevented."

23 October 2015

#FeesMustFall Brings South African Universities to a Standstill

Students argue that increases will keep poor, mostly black South Africans from higher education. Protests against the proposed university fee hikes, which started last Wednesday, and have spread nationwide.

19 October 2015

Two Tanzanians Accused of Posting ‘False Information’ Face Charges Under New Cybercrime Law

Global Voices Advocacy

According to the state, both men have violated Section 16 of Cybercrimes Act, which prohibits "publication of false information." Little more is currently known about their cases.

16 October 2015

Tanzanians Remember Their Nation's Founding Father With #DearNyerere

"#DearNyerere, in your day, popularity was based on good deeds towards your country, but nowadays it is the number of followers on Instagram and Twitter."

Did Pelé Stop the Bloodiest Civil War in Nigeria's History for 48 Hours?

Is it true that the Brazilian king of soccer ushered in a 48-hour ceasefire in Nigeria's bloody civil war? One writer did the research and has reason to doubt.

12 October 2015

WhatsApp Leads in Popularity, But Not Substance in Tanzanian Election Campaign

As a campaign platform, WhatsApp engages the most Tanzanian users, but political communication there mostly boils down to "trash talk," leaving Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to provide more substantial debate.

18 September 2015

South Africa's President Blames the West for Surge in Refugees, So ‘They Must Address It’

Jacob Zuma said the West was guilty of opening the floodgates of refugees by taking military action in Libya, a statement that divided netizens.

#DearMrPresident: South Africans Write to President Zuma on Twitter

An open letter to South Africa's President Jacob Zuma about rising crime levels caused an outpouring of criticism from citizens on Twitter with the hashtag #DearMrPresident.

9 September 2015

Kenyan Public Intellectual Accused of Using Hate Speech on Twitter

Global Voices Advocacy

Kenyan political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi apologises to the Luo ethnic group and Law Society of Kenya head by offering a goat and a beer after attacking them on Twitter.

30 August 2015

Tanzania General Elections 2015: A Defeat for Africa's Longest Ruling Party?

"Moved by fear of losing, the ruling party is now resorting to undemocratic methods to maintain its grip on power."

27 August 2015

Medical Workers Dance to Celebrate Release of Sierra Leone's Last Ebola Patient

The Ebola outbreak has killed 3,952 in the West African nation, according to the World Health Organisation.

16 August 2015

Watch Out For the Most Tightly Contested Election in Tanzania's History

"Lowassa is a Maasai Robin Hood. Or Tanzanian El Chapo. Look at the hands he touches and not the toes he stepped on."

15 August 2015

Are GMOs the Answer to Kenya's Food Security Issues?

Kenya looks like it is ready to get back on the GMO train. Is it right to?


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