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Ndesanjo Macha · November, 2007

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 November, 2007

D.R of Congo: Grand Master Franco Luambo

Shakara blogs about the Congolese musician, Franco Luambo: “It’s a known fact that Franco recorded various praise songs for Mobutu, openly supported Mobutu’s presidential campaigns and toured to promote the...

Kenya: Partnership between Google Kenya and Safaricom

Africaincorp writes about the partnership between Google Kenya and Safaricom: “Safaricom subscribers will now enjoy email services launched by the company in partnership with Google Kenya.”

Zambia: Statistics, maize and poverty

New Zambia blog discusses the work of the Central Statistical Office in Zambia: “The Central Statistical Office have been doing some brilliant work to bring to life some of their...

Uganda: Existentialist reading of conflict in Northern Uganda

Okello Lucima's existentialist reading of the conflict in Northern Uganda: “Read in broad existentialist terms, the Ugandan State and regime are absurd worlds, from which its citizens in the north...

Big Brother Africa II: Did Immorality Triumph?

Tanzania's Richard Bezuidenhout was recently declared the winner of $100 000 prize for the second edition of Big Brother Africa. Richard, the 24 year-old film student, survived five nominations, fell...

South Africa: The launching of iCommons Innovation Series

Nic blogs about the launching of the iCommons Innovation Series in South Africa: “Without many of us knowing, yesterdays event was actually the launch of the ICommons Innovation Series. This...

South Africa: Print is not dead – at least in Africa

Looking at the circulation record of the South African Mail & Guardian, Vincent Maher is optmistic about the future of print in Africa: “In September and October this year the...

Nigeria: The rise and fall of Festac Town

Adeola writes about the rise and fall of Festac town in Nigeria: “This year 2007 marks the 30th Anniversary of Festac Town as a residential area. Festac is still one...

Kenya: The political advertisement TV stations will not air

Kumekucha posts a video of an advertisement that, according to him, Kenyan TV stations have been warned against airing it: “The following advert was reportedly intercepted by government agents who...

Kenya: Mobile phones give new relevance to rural folks

Rebecca Wanjiku shows how mobile phones give relevance to rural folks: “…woman had received an SMS indicating that she has been entered into a draw and she could win shs...

Nigeria: ATMs for Visa cards

David Ajao finds ATMs for visa cards in Nigeria: “I was plesantly surprised last night to discover that ATMs that support Visa cards are now available in Nigeria.”

Kenya: CFC-Stanbic merger

Bankelele updating his readers about the CFC-Stanbik merger in Kenya: “An extraordinary general meeting to approve the CFC – Stanbic merger was held on November 12 at the Intercontinental Hotel.”

Nigeria: Nigerian football back in the days

Ababoy remembers Nigerian football in the 1980s: “1980 kicked off a glorious period in Nigerian football. Nigeria had just narrowly failed to qualify for the 1978 World Cup, losing 0-1...

Nigeria: This is Nollywood

This is Nollywood is a film about the Nigerian film industry: “Despite all odds, Nigerian directors produce between 500 and 1,000 movies a year.”

Swaziland: Mathematics and patients

Ryan shares his observations about numbers and patients in Swaziland: “Mthobisi’s fleece sweatshirt had the number ‘14’ on it. I remember this value because it matched Mthobisi’s CD4 count on...

Kenya: Fusing music with humanitarian work

Helen blogs at Mshale about a unique Kenyan gospel group: “Gospel Singing Group Milele does more than sing worship praises. They use their international fame as musicians to work on...

Somalia: Massacre in the streets of Mogadishu

Banaadir posts a video showing the cost to human life in the Somali conflict and quotes Bob Marley's Redemption Song: “”How long shall they kill our prophets, While we stand...

Cameroon: 25 years of presidency

Dibussi Tande analyses 25 years of the Cameroonian's President, Paul Biya: ” When Paul Biya became president on November 6, 1982, he seemed determined to break away from, and put...

Ghana: Outsourcing for Africa

The Big Change blog writes about the Ghanaian businesswoman Estelle Akofio-Sowah: “The Internet-provider business that she launched in Accra in 2001 has gone on to become one of Africa’s most...

Somalia: Elders getting involved with security

Steve discusses latest issues in Somalia: By request from local clan elders, Mohamed Deere, the warlord-turned-nominal mayor of Mogadishu, Somalia, has called off disarmament operations in the nominal capital, and...

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