Blogger, journalist, lawyer, digital activist and new media consultant. Ndesanjo Macha is interested in the relationship between social media and development in the developing world, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.
Macha was formerly, Global Voices’ Sub-Saharan Africa Editor. Follow me on Twitter: @ndesanjo
Latest posts by Ndesanjo Macha from March, 2010
Africa: Will France Telecoms dominate East Africa?
Rebecca's advice for France Telecoms whose plans are to dominate the East African telecommunication market.
Nigeria: The New Afrika Shrine one of top small venues
More kudos to Lagos as [The New Afrika] Shrine is named as one of the top small music venues in the world. I am not sure what the reviewer means “its not for the faint-hearted”…” writes Sokari.
Ghana: Ghana Travel & Living Guide
Gayle writes about Ghana Travel & Living Guide: “If you want to buy the guide for the current price of US$8.15 you have 4 more days to do so! It's not scary. It's not difficult.”
Ghana: Random things I like about Ghana
Diversity is one of the reasons Fiona likes Ghana: “We realised during the afternoon that there were ten nationalities represented – African, Middle Eastern, European, North American, Asian and Australasian.”
Africa: Notes From the Field
This is a roundup of blog posts of Concern US aid workers blogging from Sub-Saharan Africa. Concern US aid workers blog regularly about their work and challenges they face as they help to transform lives of people in Malawi, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
South Africa: Grandamas who play soccer
Africa is a Country writes about Grandamas who play soccer in South Africa: “About 55 women take part in the games with the youngest 4 years old.”
Zimbabwe: Farmers Field Day
Cormac watches as farmers in Gokwe North in central Zimbabwe take part in an old tradition in rural Zimbabwe called Field Day
Africa: Crowdfunding in Africa
Erik writes about crowdfunding and seed funding in Africa: “We’re starting to see a few angel investors like Sean Murphy of Chembe Ventures making their way around the continent, but they are not nearly enough to fulfill the capacity of ideas and individuals who need startup capital.”
Kenya: Is Makmende Kenya's first Internet sensation?
Is Makmende Kenya's first Internet sensation: “Unless you’ve been offline for the better part of two weeks its Kenya’s first viral Internet sensation, and his name is Makmende! Yes. Makmende is something to smile about! He is Kenya’s first super hero and boy does he rock!”
South Africa: Remembering Sharpeville Massacre
South Africans remember the Sharpeville Massacre on 21 March 1960 as a turning point in the history of political resistance against racial discrimination. Sixty-nine people were killed in the township of Sharpeville when South African police opened fire on a crowd of black protesters.
Africa: How not to give money to charities in Africa
How not to give money to charities in Africa: “Do not watch TV images of Africa and feel only pity: starvation, war, HIV-AIDS etc…, Do not give money to Africa in an attempt to make yourself feel good, Do not give money to Africa because you feel guilty about colonialism…”
Malawi: Does Malawi need 4 mobile operators?
Clement wonders whether Malawi needs four mobile phone operators as the government launches an international tender for a fourth mobile phone operator.
South Africa: We Want What's Ours
“We Want What’s Ours” is a documentary film in progress on the complications of land reform in South Africa.
Sudan: Conflicting views on Sudan from US officials
Gregory Simpkins discusses conflicting views on Sudan policy from the Obama Administration.
Africa: CAF 2010 Awards was an embarrassment
Thomas Kwenaite reviews the 2010 Confederation of African Football Awards: “Last week, I watched in utter embarrassment as none of the finalists in the Caf awards turned up for the event.”
Senegal: RIP Mahaman Traor
The Senegalese film director and one of the founders of the Pan-African Film festival [FESPACO], Mahaman Johnson Traor is no more.
South Africa: What are your rights when stopped at a roadblock?
Emma discusses the rights of drivers when stopped by traffic police in South Africa.
Nigeria: The State of the Union
Vera and other Nigerian bloggers will discuss the State of the Nigerian Union on the Verastically Speakin’ Talk Radio.
South Africa: Julius Malema and the future of freedom of speech
The ANC Youth League President Julius Malema has been found guilty of hate speech because of comments he made about a woman who accused President Jacob Zuma for rape. South African bloggers and legal experts have reacted quickly to the judgement. Opinions about the judgement and the future of freedom of speech in South Africa are deeply divided.
Ghana: Free visa for FIFA World Cup not so free
Emmanuel notes that free visa to South Africa for the World Cup are not really free: “Despite rather good relations between South Africa and Ghana, it is never going to be so good that they decide to waive visas for us. There are, ofcourse, conditions, and here are the five-fold...
Nigeria: Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop in Lagos
Loomnie announces a creative writing workshop organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from May 20 to May 29 2010.