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Ndesanjo Macha · June, 2011

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 June, 2011

South Sudan: An Argument Against Arming the South

Here is an argument against arming South Sudan: In recent commentary, some in the advocacy community have suggested that the United States actively move to provide the new Republic of...

Africa: On Being in a Mixed Race Relationship

Fiona discusses the challenges of being in a mixed race relationship: There are so many reasons why your family and others might take issue with your prospective partner. People will...

Nigeria: President Fooled the People Again

Japheth J Omojuwa says that Nigeria's president is fooling the people again: “Those of you getting fooled by phony rankings placing Nigeria as the fourth fastest growing economy in the...

D.R. of Congo: Reflections on Congolese Independence

Jason remembers the sword thief while reflecting on Congolese independence: “Instead of remembering Patrice Lumumba, Pierre Mulele or Simon Kimbangu, I'll choose Ambroise Boimbo this time. His claim to fame?...

Nigeria: The Morgue called Lagos/Ibadan Expressway

Nwachukwu wants to know when Lagos/Ibadan Expressway will be fixed: “Late last year, in November, a friend was strangled by the noose called Lagos/Ibadan Expressway. Last month I skipped a...

Swziland: AFP Correspondent Phone Bugged

AFP correspondent in Swaziland says her phone is bugged: “At first I believed it must be some kind of mix up at the phone company. People who tried calling me...

Malawi: Malawi News Go Mobile

Malawi news go mobile: “Just this week [post was written June 17, 2011], Malawi's leading publishing house, BNL Times, publishers of the Daily Times, Malawi News, Sunday Times and Weekend...

Mauritania: Ending Slavery in Mauritania

Beyond abolition: Ending Slavery in Mauritania: “Slaves in Mauritania do not have a legal right to own property, let alone have a surname. Nor do they have a right to...

Zimbabwe: Choosing the Lesser Devil

Thandi argues that an assessment of the range of political parties in Zimbabwe shows that Zimbabweans just have to choose the lesser devil: “It’s mediocre politicians all around, positing ludicrous...

South Africa: On Being White and Feeling Ashamed

On being white and feeling ashamed in South Africa: “Should white people in South Africa feel ashamed about being white and about the fact that we benefited in the past...

Tanzania: North Mara Mine Victims Not Forgotten

Activists in Canada remember North Mara mine victims: “Approximately 70 people gathered today [June 4, 2011] at a commemoration held for the seven individuals killed in Tanzania at African Barrick...

Nigeria: MTN Nigeria, Stop!

Christoper Akor asks MTN Nigeria to stop extortion: “For some time now, I have been receiving various unsolicited text messages (SMS) from MTN Nigeria urging me to play some games...

Tanzania: BarCampa Dar 2011 is here

BarCamp Dar 2011 is here: “We have watched vibrant tech events take place elsewhere in East Africa and wondered when it would happen in Tanzania. The wait is over and...

Tanzania: Tanzania 2011 Scorecard

Dar Es Salaam signwriters at Kigamboni Market have put together the concise overview of Tanzania in 2011. See their work here.

Tanzania: Dar Sketches Is Now Available

A new book by Sarah Markes, Dar Sketches: street level dar – drawings and writings, is now available in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. It will soon be available in other...

Africa: The Caine Prize and Unintended Consequences: A Response

Emmanuel Iduma responds to Nigerian writer and critic, Ikhide Ikheloa’s essay “Email from America: The Caine Prize and Unintended Consequences”: “The essay which one website described as ” Wainainaesque” after...

Africa: 11 Ways For African Revolutionaries to Get Around Internet Blockades

Willemien Groot's Guide for African Revolutionaries: 11 Ways to get around internet blockades: “Internet blockades are more the rule than the exception in non-democratic countries. But there are ways to...

Botswana: Photo: So Where Do You Want to Stay?

MyWeku's image of the week is a picture taken on the road from South Africa to Gaborone, Botswana via Oddly Specific. It is titled, “So…where do you want to stay?”

Africa: Thoughts of Africa 2.0

Tolu's thoughts on Africa 2.0: “The point is this: in the emerging Africa it is harder for the government to carry on as though the people didn’t exist, or as...

Ghana: Gays Come Under Fresh Attacks

Fresh attacks for gays in Ghana: Delivering a statement on the 30 years of the official discovery of HIV/AIDS on the floor of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, Ghana’s Second Deputy...

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