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Ndesanjo Macha · January, 2008

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 from January, 2008

Kenya: Using SMS to spread rumours

  30 January 2008

What An African Woman Thinks writes about negative uses of SMS in Kenya: “Regarding the escalating violence in Kenya, the ICRC spokesman in the country, one Bernard Barret is quoted as saying that rumours are being spread by mobile phone text messages predicting imminent attacks by one group or another...

Ghana: Eating Waakye

  29 January 2008

Fran blogs about eating a local dish, waakye, in Ghana: “Last night I cooked up some waakye (pronounced “WAAchi where the “i” sounds like the “i” in “in” and made from rice and beans or black-eyed peas), fried some ripe plantain slices, made a little gravy (oil, onion, tomatoes, hot...

Kenya: The Kenya I want

  29 January 2008

Diary written by Amudachi about Kenya: “Part of the Kenya I want is a Kenya where politicians will not run rough shod over the law & the will of the people to serve their own ends. Part of the Kenya I want is a Kenya where my consititutional RIGHT to...

South Africa: 2008 South Africa Blog Awards

  27 January 2008

Cherryflava announces the 2008 South Africa Blog Awards: “This year's SA Blog Awards site is now live – with initial nominations opening up on the site on Monday 11 February [put that in your diary now]. All last year's categories are still up for grabs, as well as a few...

Uganda: Bloggers Happy Hour

  27 January 2008

Darlyne shares her experience at the first 2008 Uganda Bloggers Happy Hour: “And so it was, BHH I mean and it rocked. I was the first one there as I usually am only because I work so close to Mateos and finish work at 4 so I am basically idle...

Nigeria: The Super Eagles may not qualify

  27 January 2008

Emmanuel discusses the Nigerian national soccer team, the Super Eagles: “Berti Vogts has finally brought some pride to many a Nigerian coach who has perpetually been looked down upon by the NFA. Ever since I grew up to know what football is, ever since I started watching the super Eagles...

Namibia: Spatial Analysis Blog

  27 January 2008

Hipondoka sets up blog focused on GIS at the University of Namibia: “At the end of the second semester, we are expected to produce a research paper specifically making use of RS or GIS or both as a tool. For this year, topics will be centred around the City of...

Zimbabwe: Expiration date for currency

  26 January 2008

Aaron in Sudan writes about financial crisis in Zimbabwe: “I can't say that I've ever seen this before. Government issued currency with a “best before” date on it. This is further indication of just how desperate things are in Zimbabwe.”

Nigeria: Internet landscape changing fast

  26 January 2008

Yomi writes about Internet access in Nigeria: “The internet landscape in Nigeria is fast changing. Ten years ago, we did not have the kind of access to internet services that we have today. Neither did we have the diversity that is on ground today.”

Africa: Mathematics in African architecture

  24 January 2008

Afropolitan posts a video of Ron Eglash talking about mathematics in African architecture: “Mathmetician Ron Eglash traveled to Africa to do research on fractals. What he found was amazing, but not surprising to those of us who appreciate the ingenuity and creativeness in Africa.”

Africa: Homosexuality debate

  24 January 2008

Andrew Heavens writes about homosexuality in Africa: “Amazing. The debate about homosexuality in Africa that started on Meskel Square almost three years ago is still going strong.”

Ghana: African Cup of Nations photos

  24 January 2008

David Ajao posts photos from the Africa Cup of Nations 2008: “You can click on the photos on this page to link to the rest of the photos or click on the link below to go to my Ghana 2008 Photo Gallery.”

Africa: AfriGadget get a new look

  24 January 2008

AfriGadget has a new look: “We’re proud to announce a brand new design for AfriGadget! The old design was rather old and ugly, so thanks for putting up with it for the last 20 months. Actually, I think the reason that there are so many more RSS”

South Africa: Good start for Bafana?

  24 January 2008

South Africa Rocks writes about the South African national team at the Africa Cup of Nations: “Not a bad start in the Group Of Death (GOD – strange that). All the teams in the group now sit on a single point and at least we are not bringing up the...

D.R. of Congo: Peace in DR Congo?

  24 January 2008

Is this the beginning of lasting peace in D.R of Congo?: “It is too early to speculate if this will bring about an end to the conflict because there have been previous talks but no peace for the country.”

Cameroon: Documentary on the Bakweri-German Wars

  24 January 2008

A new documentary on the history of the Bakweri people of Cameroon has been released: “…“Kuva Likenye” is a 30 minute documentary that profiles the heroic exploits of a mountain King called Kuva Likenye who mobilised an ill-trained ragtag army to stand up in arms against German exploitation of the...

Eritrea: Listen to Eritrean Music

  24 January 2008

Listen to Eritrean music: “This is the last day of Eritrea Week. I don’t know enough about much of the music I’ve collected this week to write full posts so I decided to make you a mixtape instead.”

Uganda: Blogging for architecture

  23 January 2008

Citizen Uganda writes about a blogger who focuses on architecture in Kampala: “If you have never been to Kampala let me spare you the suspense; it is a poorly planned city and there is little to see in the way of architecture. The good news though is that there is...

Botswana: Patients’ chair at Nata village

  23 January 2008

Nata village clinic has news chairs: “Before we show you the new chairs that arrived today at Nata Clinic we wanted you to see one of the old ones. To be honest, we wanted to burn this chair but someone will actually use it somewhere else. We don't throw anything...

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