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 May, 2011
East Africa: New Investements for Startups in East Africa
Emeka blogs about Fanisi Venture Capital Fund which “focuses on a segment of the market that has to date been outside the ambit of most venture funds in the East African market. Fanisi makes equity investments of $0.5 million – $3 million per transaction in high growth businesses, including start...
Kenya: Catholic Church Should Cleanse Its House
The Catholic Church in Kenya should cleanse its house, argues Sue at Jamii Ya Kenya blog: “The recent accusation of a priest Renato Kizito of sexually abusing his secretary is shocking but not strange, because this is not the first time he is accused of sexual abuse. In 2009 he...
Gambia: On Gambia's First President
Mathew K. Jallow discuses the legacy of Sir Dawda K Jawara, Gambia's first president: “As president, Sir Dawda Jawara was unlike most African leaders and politicians of his generation; leaders who took advantage of their positions to enrich themselves with the wealth of their people. If there was one negative...
Zimbabwe: On Journalism and Sexual Harassment
Beven Takunda blogs about journalism and sexual harassment in Zimbabwe: “A number of young female journalists coming from college have raised complaints that they are being asked to go out with some of the editors of these newly established newspapers if they want to get employed. This is vey sad...
Nigeria: Memories of attending a boarding school
Watch this YouTube video of Nigerians remembering their experience of attending a boarding secondary school.
Zimbabwe: Fined US$400 for killing a woman
A man is fined US$400 for killing a woman in Zimbabwe: “Fungai Tichawangana is widely admired and respected in Zimbabwe. Fungai’s wife was killed by a drunk driver. A man who was fined US$400 and had his license suspended for 6 months. Fungai pointed out to us that people who...
Uganda: It Began With Words, Songs and Music
The women of Northern Uganda have been banding together in groups to support each other: “The Voice Project is an attempt to support these incredible women and the peace movement in Uganda, and an effort to see how far a voice can carry.”
Uganda: Police Raid Newspaper Printing Press
Police raid newspaper printing press in Uganda: “The police have raided and searched premises of Prime General Supply limited a company which offers printing services to Ggwanga news paper, barely hours after the newspaper premises were raided. The Ntinda based company also prints for the Razor – a daily publication...
Sudan: An Abyei Timeline: The Long Road to Khartoum’s Military Invasion
Following Sudan's military invasion of Abyei, Eric Reeves provides a schematic chronicle of events from 1905 to demonstrate, “(1) just how fully the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party regime calculated and prepared for its military invasion; (2) when de facto military control of Abyei was achieved; (3) what served as...
Ethiopia: Blog of Ethiopia Musician Meklit Hadero
Visit the blog of Meklit Hadero. Meklit is a musician “born in Ethiopia, raised in the U.S. and nurtured by San Francisco’s richly diverse arts scene, this acclaimed singer embodies worlds.”
Tanzania: Recipe for Pilau Masala
Recipe for Pilau Masala from A Taste of Tanzania blog: “This masala is mainly for pilau, but it can be used in many other dishes like samusa, Nyama choma (bbq) etc.”
Rwanda: Army Officer Refutes Claims of Arrest
Major Justus Majyambere, a Rwandan army officer who recently travelled to the US on official duty, has refuted claims of arrest: “Reports on some websites and blogs run by Rwandan exiles had insinuated that Major Majyambere had been arrested by US authorities over indictments issued in 2008 by a Spanish...
Kenya: Taking care of orphaned monkey
Taking care of an orphaned monkey in Kenya : “We currently have a baby genet at the Colobus Trust which was found a few weeks ago being played with by a troop of vervet monkeys at the Diani Reef Hotel. The genet was weak and exhausted and showed signs of...
Kenya: Documentary on child abuse by Catholic priests
Njamba discusses the lastest expose by Irish TV on child abuse by Catholic priests in Kenya: “I just finished watching a 53 minute documentary aired by an Ireland TV station on clerical abuse in Africa and there were four cases of Kenyans two boys and two girls who were abused...
Kenya: East Africa's Biggest Mobile Tech Event
East Africa's biggest mobile tech event is taking place in Kenya next month: “The next big thing in African Tech has arrived. Pivot 25 is here!The region’s top 25 mobile tech startups pitch against each other June 14-15 in Nairobi, Kenya at the Ole Sereni Hotel.”
Africa: Africa Day Celebrated on Twitter
Happy Africa Day! Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). In 2002 the OAU established its own successor, the African Union. The name and date of Africa Day has been retained as a celebration of African unity.
Africa: Bloggers Discuss The Failed Rapture
The American Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted that the Rapture would take place on May 21, 2011, when Christians will be caught up in the clouds to meet Jesus Christ. It is May 24, 2011 and we are still here. Bloggers in Africa discuss the failed Rapture.
South Africa: What's next for Judge Aikona Motata?
Pierre comments on the news that the Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC) in South Africa has found that race remarks made by judge Nkola Motata constituted a prima facie case of gross misconduct: “Among other things, Motata seemed to have channelled his inner Julius Malema [the controversial president of the ANC...
Africa: The role of music in African cinema
Beatriz Leal Riesco explores the role of music in African cinema: “Since the early days of African cinema, music has formed part of a (self) conscious discourse concerning the problematic realities of Africa. Its use has rarely been gratuitous and goes far beyond the traditional—and much less experimental—Western customs of...
Kenya: Paula Kahumbu to Speak About Social Media for Conservation
Renowned conservationist and 2009 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow Dr. Paula Kahumbu is scheduled to speak about social media and conservation at the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi on Wednesday, 25 May 2011, S. Maina reports.
Kenya: The Judiciary Kenyan Are Dying For
Kenyans may soon have the judiciary they deserve: “With the nomination of Dr. Willy Mutunga and Ms. Nancy Baraza to serve as Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice respectively, Kenyans are seeing an opportunity for them to be served with justice.”