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Ndesanjo Macha · March, 2014

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 March, 2014

South Sudan Military Intelligence Chief Denies Attempted Coup

  29 March 2014

The chief of military intelligence for South Sudan denies that there was an attempted coup there on December 15, 2013. PaanLuel Wel reports: Reports from Juba have it that the head of military intelligence, Gen. Mac Paul Kuol Awar, has rubbished the alleged coup attempt of December 15, 2013. Mac...

Should Africa Learn From the Crimea Referendum?

  28 March 2014

“Is Crimea referendum a good model for Africa?” asks Richard Dowden: Africa’s arbitrary borders, mostly drawn by people who had never set foot in the continent, have always been an obvious target for renegotiation. But Africa’s first rulers, who foresaw chaos and disintegration if the nation states were reconfigured, ruled...

In Defence of Malawian Languages

  24 March 2014

Following Malawi's government decision to introduce English as a medium of instruction from grade one, Steve Sharra defends local languages and makes the case for multilingualism: Teachers and lecturers in our secondary schools and universities are observing a trend in which students from private schools speak perfect English, but their...

The Utopia that We Are All Sudanese

  23 March 2014

Dalia Haj Omar discusses ‘The Utopia that We Are All Sudanese’: Following the sad events of March 11, at the University of Khartoum, GIRIFNA did what it usually does. It issued a brief statement based on eyewitness accounts of its members about the death of student Ali Abbaker Musa. And...

Digging into Uganda's Anti-homosexuality Bill

  17 March 2014

Kristoff Titeca looks beyond a single explanation on Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill: A crucial point is that President Museveni has never been an outspoken supporter of the bill, instead being rather dubious about it: he was fully aware of the disastrous international consequences. In his first public reaction after the introduction...

On Rwanda's Twittergate

  17 March 2014

Susan Thomson discusses Rwanda’s Twittergate in the context of disinformation campaign by Rwanda's president Paul Kagame: Rwanda’s Twitter-gate raises questions about the central role of RPF Twitter-trolls in calling out foreign journalists who seek to hold it to account for its excesses at home and abroad. President Kagame’s reactionary tweets...

Kenyan Company Launches Social Media Sharing Card

  17 March 2014

Gigwapi, an online event listing service, has launched a cashless payment system and social media sharing card. The card, Gigwapi card, will be used to pay for tickets and goods at events: The card holds your personal information and can automatically integrate to your social media profile. This provides a...

Discussing Aid System with a Light Touch

  14 March 2014

This blog takes a satirical view of aid system in the world: Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like is an ongoing series of sometimes satirical, sometimes ironic, usually humorous (but sometimes dead serious), always honest vignettes of the humanitarian aid industry from the inside. Sometimes we want to complain about one...

2,715 schools to be Connected With Internet in Nairobi

  14 March 2014

2,715 schools in Nairobi, Kenya will soon be connected with free internet: Wanachi Group has signed a $3 million (approx. 270m) deal with the Nairobi county, to connect 2,715 schools in Nairobi with internet. The project was launched today and by June this year (yes, in 3 months), the pilot...

8 Things You Can Do With a Mango

  10 March 2014

Kenyan blogger Yoga David shows you 8 amazing things you can do with a mango: This is the mango fruit season where mango enthusiasts live for this summery fruit. Maybe it’s that tartness of the fruit, or how perfect it tastes even when it’s just raw. So here are our...

Two-Year Anniversary of Kony 2012 Campaign

  10 March 2014

March 5, 2014 marked two-year anniversary of KONY 2012 campaign: Two years ago today we started a campaign called KONY 2012. It was an experiment to see if the world was ready to unite and speak out against the horrific and unseen crimes of Joseph Kony and the LRA. The...

Eritrean Literary Giant Talks About Tigrinya Oral Poetry

  10 March 2014

Blogger Issayas interviews Solomon Tsehaye, eritre's leading poet. after the release of his latest work on massé and melqes, oral poetry genres in Eritrea. Solomon Tsehaye is the man who wrote Eritrea's national anthem: Issayas: What is massé? Melqes? Solomon: Massé (awlo) and melqes are related art forms which constitute...

Tech Talent and Expat Bubbles in Kenya

  10 March 2014

White African discusses tech talent and expat bubbles in Kenya: Say you are a Kenyan web designer living in Seattle, do you think anyone cares that you came from Kenya? No, they only care that you are a great web designer. If you’re an American programmer working in Nairobi, does...

TZHhiphop – Necessary Noise in Tanzanian Music Scene

  10 March 2014

TZhiphop is a project that promotes Tanzanian hip hop online: We are the necessary noise in Bongo’s music scene advocating for Tanzanian Hip Hop. This project is focusing on reconnecting Hip Hop fans and the conscious poetry in the lyrics that reflects the apparent hustles of our society.

Guide to Mushroom Farming in Kenya

  6 March 2014

This is a step by step guide to mushroom farming in Kenya: Due to public demand, we took the initiative of compiling a guide to help farmers interested in starting mushroom farming in kenya The mushroom farming process can be divided into several steps namely 1.Compost/substrate preparation 2.spawning 3.casing 4.fruiting/growth...

Vote for Your Favourite Kenyan Blogs

  6 March 2014

Voting has begun for Kenyan Blog Awards 2014: The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) has today [March 3, 2013] unveiled the nominees for the 2014 BAKE Kenyan Blog Awards. The Awards reward bloggers that post on a regular basis, have great and useful content presented in a creative and innovative...

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