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Ndesanjo Macha · February, 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 February, 2008

Africa: Applying long-tail to the African mobile space

  28 February 2008

White African discusses “applying the long-tail to the African mobile space”: “What Ken is getting at is an important concept, one that too many of us forget as we generally have access to the more powerful phones. Whether it’s dealing with NGO-related initiatives, or traditional business projects, we need to...

Somalia/USA: Somali elders for Obama

  28 February 2008

Royale Somali blogs about Somali elders supporting Obama in Ohio: “I heard that a lot of Somali elders in Ohio who are also American citizens would be going to caucus for Obama , dressed like that notorious photo. Ohio has a large Somali community around 20 Thousand.”

Sierra Leone: Aschobi Designs

  28 February 2008

Switsalone introduces the person behind Aschobi Designs in Sierra Leone: “Adama Kargbo is a 24yr old Sierra Leonean-American recent graduate of Parsons School of Design (Paris, France). She has recently returned to Sierra Leone from New York City to launch her first collection; ASCHOBI DESIGNS. This collection gives a modern...

Sierra Leone: Binkolo Growth Center

  28 February 2008

Paul writes about an industrial project in Sierra Leone: “Binkolo Growth Centre is a small industrial project near Makeni where the manufacture of small farm implements, tailoring, carpentry and blacksmithing takes place, and includes the use of disabled people. I am assisting with the expansion of the centre to include...

Malawi: Competition in the mobile phone industry

  28 February 2008

Austin Madinga writes about competition in the mobile phone industry in Malawi: “In the past few years, Malawians have witnessed cut throat competition between mobile phone operators Celtel Malawi and TNM Limited in terms of marketing, promotions and roll out of value added services. Users have also joined in with...

Sudan: Boycott anything Danish

  26 February 2008

“This is so utterly silly,” writes Sudanese Thinker after the Sudanese president orders people to boycott Danish goods: “Okay so let’s see. First, a Danish newspaper prints a bunch of cartoons depicting the Prophet (which is nothing new). Next thing we know, Islamists mobilize anger and all hell breaks lose,...

Chad: Eyewitness acounts of violence

  26 February 2008

This is an eyewitness account of violence in Chad: ““For over 7 hours we heard that battle rage. We felt afraid, wondered which part of the body to try to get under a 24 x 20 inch table. Was it more important to save the head or the chest? The...

Africa: AfricanLoft Update

  26 February 2008

Grandiose Parlor talks about recent updates on AfricanLoft: “AfricanLoft is ever committed to ensuring that only the best is good enough for our readers and contributors. In addition to the Main Homepage which has been redesigned to ensure easier navigation and better presentation of contents, we’re pleased to announce the...

Nigeria: Election petition against president dismissed

  26 February 2008

Nigerian Times writes about the results of presidential election petition in Nigeria: “The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja, Tuesday, dismissed the petition of former military ruler, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari, because he could not prove his case against the election of “President” Umaru Yar'Adua in the April 2007 presidential poll...

South Africa: Garlic, showers and prostitutes

  26 February 2008

Lesbian Rules writes about odd suggestions to problems in South Africa: “So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. To be cured from aids, eat garlic and beetroot. If you don’t want aids, take a shower, and All we have to do to stop the electricity crisis is to go...

South Africa: Is this anti-democracy?

  26 February 2008

Was it right to bar white South African journalist from the forum of black journalists: “This forum of black journalists is so anti democracy and transparency. I listened to all their excuses for barring white journalists and they did not make any sense. The truth is they are making us...

Africa: African History in Europe

  26 February 2008

Bill writes about an online initiative on African History in Europe: “For the past 3 weeks a small group of blog authors and friends living in various parts of Europe (Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and the UK) have been quietly organizing an online workgroup for collaboration on themes in black and...

South Africa: Where are black bloggers hiding?

  26 February 2008

Inside Candy wonders where South African black bloggers are: “I realise that this is a potentially loaded question, but where the hell are all the black bloggers hiding? To date, I’ve only met one (I repeat, one) black South African blogger – Obakeng, “The Chief” of ONC Today.”

Kenya: Msafara Initiative

  26 February 2008

Pastor M introduces Msafara Initiative in Kenya: “The Msafara initiative continues to gather momentum. Check out the new website www.msafara.co.ke to learn more about how you can be involved. Many churches across Kenya have signed on to Msafara and many more are signing on! Churches involved so far come from...

Kenya: Democracy as a spiritual battle

  26 February 2008

Wheels of Hope in Kenya takes a spiritual path to heal the nation: “The battle for Kenya is a spiritual battle: a battle waged by the forces of darkness against the nation and fought in the spiritual realms. Demonic spells were cast over different cities in the nation in the...

Nigeria/Kenya: Why is Odinga meeting Obasanjo?

  24 February 2008

Adeola wonders why Kenya's opposition leader, Raila Odinga, decided to meet Nigeria's former President, Olusegun Obasanjo: “Why is Odinga meeting Obasanjo? Obasanjo supervised the worst election in our history as Nigerians. He perpetrated crimes similar to what Kibaki did last december in Kenya. Obasanjo is an enemy of democratic processes...

Nigeria: Nigeria's youngest painter

  24 February 2008

Onarieta is Nigeria's youngest painter: “Carrying her lunch box and dressed in her signature look – tiny head scarf covering her beaded, braided hair, a contemporary top and a long african print skirt to match her scarf – it's hard not to notice how artsy this cute little girl is....

Africa: AfricaNews seeks reporters

  21 February 2008

AfricaNews seeks African reporters, writes Ore's Notes: “If there are journalists out there or budding journalists, you might be interested in writing for AfricaNews. Check out their site for more info on signing-up as a reporter.”

Cameroon: Mt. Cameroon Race for Hope

  21 February 2008

Rev. Tracy writes about Mt. Cameroon Race for Hope: “My race went well, I won my age group, and I was on television for the 3rd time! This race was much better funded and somewhat better organised than other races we've particpated in, but still quite a shambles by US...

Africa: Interrogating the blogosphere

  21 February 2008

Koluki interrogates the blogosphere by looking at the Globl Voices Online coverage of “Portuguese-speaking African countries”: “The most striking observation from this graph is that OC appears not only, as we have seen before, as the “undisputed champion” of GVO reporting about the “Angolan blogosphere”, but also as the “champion”...

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