Ndesanjo Macha · June, 2007

Latest posts by Ndesanjo Macha from June, 2007

Liberia: drama at Charles Taylor's trial

  7 June 2007

Latest from Charles Taylor blog: “In a dramatic opening to the Charles Taylor trial today, the man long-awaited to confront criminal charges brought against him in the Hague elected not to appear. And his lawyer, Karim Khan, interrupted the opening statement of the Special Court for Sierra Leone’s Chief Prosecutor,...

Africa: speaking your own language

  6 June 2007

Ted Kidane came to the United States from Ethiopia twenty four years ago as a student, with $50 in his pocket. He starts his talk with a story about misunderstanding – he was visiting a tax preparer (which he found weird as, in Ethiopia, the government never gives money back...

Africa: end for the African despot?

  6 June 2007

African Update discusses the impact of Charles Taylor's trial on African politics: “It is unlikely that the trial of former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor will make major headlines in many of the world’s newspapers, particularly given the fact that Paris Hilton was recently sent to jail and we have to...

Africa: solar is the future of Africa

  6 June 2007

Afromusing writes about local solar and wind energy in Africa: “He had a powerful graph showing how 85% of Kenya (africa?) is not connected to the grid. The striking thing about Mr. Mwacharo’s company is the use of locally available materials and labor to create the systems. The inverters are...

Africa: roadblocks for Africa's business women

  6 June 2007

Benin Mwangi discusses roadblocks for Africa's business women: “There is a three headed hydra that over the weekend has been really eating at my being. It pertains to the ease of doing business in Africa, as an African woman. As I have read the blogs of African women over the...

Rwanda: this is Kigali

  6 June 2007

The Soujourner Dispatch on entering Rwanda from Uganda: “Easy, just plain easy. Getting from Uganda to Rwanda was a breeze, and we didn’t even pay for a visa! Looks like Bush and Kagame (the Rwandan President) are chummy. Once again the physical border was porous. Immigration and Customs appeared to...

Africa: Google hires first African

  6 June 2007

“Google hires first African employee,” declares White African: “Joseph Mucheru has been named the new site lead for Google Kenya. This was whispered to be happening, but at today’s Google lunch at TEDGlobal the position was made official by Francoise Brougher, Director of Google Business Opportunities.”

Nigeria: writing from the Diaspora

  2 June 2007

Adeola Aderounmu discusses the reasons why Nigerians in the Diaspora write about life back home: “Over the years, the concept of writing from abroad has increased tremendously. One major aspect of these writings is the act of criticising the government. There are many internet sites that are dedicated to news...

Uganda: donor-inspired drama

  2 June 2007

Richard M Kavuma, one of nine African reporters blogging from the G8 Summit in Germany, argues that the aid conditions set by the G8 are doing little to stop corruption. He uses the latest anti-corruption probe in Uganda to make his case: “I’m not giving any credence to this latest...

Africa: appropriate technologies for activists

  2 June 2007

Sokari Ekine's notes from the conference on mobile activism in Africa, which took place in Kenya recently: “The afternoon session was a musical chairs of Geek Dating with 10 “products” on new technologies that would be appropriate for activists. All the software are open source…”

Africa: introducing AfricanLoft

  2 June 2007

Grandiose Parlor introduces AfricanLoft: “AfricanLoft is best seen than described; those who have being there seem to like it. In short, it’s a multi-channel, multi-author, multimedia and multi-dimensional site. And the good thing is that the site is not about me, but you.”

Liberia: The Trial of Charles Taylor blog

  2 June 2007

The Trial of Charles Taylor blog is a joint project of the Open Society Institute, the International Senior Lawyers Project and the Open Society Justice Initiative: “This site will provide news and expert analysis — updated daily — throughout the trial of Charles Taylor. It is intended as the primary...

Kenya: SMS and politics in Kenya

  2 June 2007

assidous on SMS and politics in Kenya: “This is an SMS that landed in my cellphone yesterday. I thought i would share it out. It came in Kikuyu and i took time to translate it for you: TRANSLATION: Hi, how is your day? May the Lord protect you from the...

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