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Ndesanjo Macha

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

15 April 2016

Online Voting in Progress for the Kenyan Blog Awards 2016

The Kenyan Blog Awards recognises and awards exceptional Kenyan bloggers.

9 April 2016

This is How Africa Tweeted in 2015

Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Burundi and Egypt were the most active in political conversations on Twitter.

6 April 2016

Liberia Is Handing Over Public Primary Education to a Private American Company

"Thinking of schools only as places to learn how to read may appear a reasonable idea in a country where most children cannot achieve even that."

4 April 2016

South Africa's Court Orders President Zuma to Pay Back Public Funds

South Africa's Constitutional Court rules that President Jacob Zuma violated the constitution when he refused to pay back public funds as recommended by the country's public protector.

31 March 2016

What's Happening in South African Politics? Just Follow the Hashtag

Learn about eight hashtags that help facilitate political debate and even organize protests in South Africa.

23 March 2016

#TrollCabal Redefines Trolling on Nigerian Twitter

#TrollCabal "provides a counter narrative that is non-violent and at the same time humorous," explains member Nwachukwu Egbunike.

20 March 2016

Is Exposing Corruption Becoming a Crime in Botswana?

Does it matter how journalists get hold of public information to expose corruption?

12 March 2016

Ex-South African President Mbeki Still Has His ‘Bizarre’ Beliefs on HIV and AIDS

Mbeki received criticism for a letter he wrote denying that he had ever said 'HIV does not cause AIDS'. "What I said is that 'a virus cannot cause a syndrome'."

4 March 2016

Live Twitter Chat Draws Attention to Lesotho's Worst Drought in Recent History

"The problem is getting worse, so we must tackle it with long-term solution, not just food aid."

23 February 2016

World's Oldest President, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, Turns 92

"I have died many times. I have actually beaten Jesus Christ because he only died once."

Live Twitter Chat #AskLesotho Brings Lesotho's Worst Drought in Recent History to the Fore

“Send a Cow ”is a UK-based international development charity. Global Voices spoke with its Communications Manager, Azita Shamsolahi, about a live Twitter chat, #askLesotho, the group is organising this week.

21 February 2016

Ghanaian Facebook Commentator Sued For Defamation by Deputy Attorney General

Global Voices Advocacy

'Is there any fundraising effort to support our brother Evron Rothschild Hughes fight this impudence of a libel suit filed against free speech by Ghana's Deputy Attorney General?'

20 February 2016

‘Uganda Is a Boiling Pot': Arrests, Rigging Claims and a Social Media Shutdown Mar Elections

"Winning an election through hook and crook while clobbering your fellow countrymen should never be a proud moment!"

14 February 2016

A Brief Twitter Guide to Uganda's Elections This Month

Global Voices presents a brief Twitter guide for updates, news, analysis, and reports related to Uganda's national elections later this month.

1 February 2016

One Photo, One Thousand Words About Post-Apartheid South Africa

South Africans are saying the photo, which shows a controversial radio personality with his lawyer walking near a man seemingly digging through rubbish, captures the income equality plaguing their country.

30 January 2016

No, Eritrea Isn't Forcing Men to Marry at Least Two Wives

The two wives hoax inspired a flood of hilarious memes on Twitter.

30 December 2015

Is It Not Democracy If Voters in Rwanda Want a ‘Life President'?

After 98% of Rwandans voted to change the constitution to allow President Kagama to run for a third term in 2017, some hit back at Western criticism of the results.

20 December 2015

Ethiopia Faces Famine Despite ‘Unprecedented’ Economic Growth

"According to some inside Ethiopia, NGO’s are being warned not to use the words “famine, starvation or death” in their food appeals."

4 December 2015

The Global Voices Community Remembers ‘Kind’, ‘Curious’ and ‘Witty’ Gershom Ndhlovu

"I learned that you were such a humble, charming and thoughtful person. May your soul rest in eternal peace our one and only one Gershom."

29 November 2015

When in Doubt, Ask Yourself ‘What Would the Tanzanian President Do?’

Tanzania's President John Magufuli's radical measures to save money have led to a humorous trending hashtag, #WhatWouldMagufuliDo.

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