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Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has opinions about social media (he hates them all)

‘… Let me take this opportunity to announce yet again that I do not tweet, blog or whatever goes on in this increasingly promiscuous medium. I do not run a Facebook, even though I am aware that one or two serious-minded individuals/groups have instituted some such forum on their own, for the purpose of disseminating

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Sunday night on Twitter with Binyavanga Wainaina

We sometimes joke that often when we're online the only other person who's consistently awake and on Twitter (no matter where he is in the world) is Binyavanga Wainaina. It's like, if you blink, you miss out...

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Nigeria: How many Twitter activists make one vote?

In the last week I attended a conference of ‘Future Leaders of Nigeria’, and one of the facilitators made a very interesting statement, “Politicians do not value the number of followers you have on Twitter, they value...

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

When videos of abuses go viral in Angola

For the past two weeks, most Angolans that frequent Facebook and other social media sites viewed and shared two particularly gruesome videos. One showed prison officials severely beating incarcerated men in the Comarca de Viana (Viana Jail),...

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The (Kenyan) Male Gaze

Levi-Strauss writes of a Native American people for whom every dream has a hidden sexual meaning, except explicitly sexual dreams, for which it is imperative that non-sexual interpretations be found. I am reaching for an Oscar Wilde...

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Malawi’s Twittersphere

When Bingu wa Mutharika was hospitalised in April it was at first extremely difficult to find reliable information about either his personal condition or the high drama of political theatre that was unfolding. By far the best...

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Il Manifesto

It may come across as self-indulgent and somewhat presumptuous that I named the original version of Africa is a Country “The Leo Africanus.” But it was also a fortuitous choice for a blog name that helped me...

Friday, June 8th, 2012

New Media and Activism

A couple of weeks back I had the privilege of being able to bring together a few of the leading lights in social media in eastern and southern Africa, for a discussion about the role of social...

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The Unfinished Revolutions

What is the nature of the Arab Revolution? Why did it start and where is it headed? Most important, what is the potential for the emergence of new forms of political democracy, social equality, and regional autonomy...

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

#Hashtag Politics

Boima blogged here recently about UNICEF’s efforts to raise awareness about the drought in the Sahel; what he described as “a step in the right direction towards facilitating genuine empathy, and away from the sensationalistic portrayals that...

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Africa is a Country on Twitter and Facebook

This is just a reminder to not forget that we also have a new @Africasacountry account on Twitter where we tweet and retweet media criticism and analysis as well as new music, sports, arts and photography. Follow...

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Shameless Self Promotion

It’s that time of year again. The students in my required Media and Culture course at The New School (I have a day job yes) just uploaded their final projects–a short documentary or commentary piece (limit under...

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Ingerland, Ingerland, Ingerland

Late last month the English goalkeeper David James wrote in The Observer that he was surprised at the accusations of racism against his national teammate John Terry. The latter was accused of racially abusing an opponent, QPR...

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

‘Cameroon is Cameroon’

CORRECTED VERSION: Cameroon’s government, jittery about the role of social media in revolutions in North Africa, last week suspended Twitter SMS on a local cellphone network. Not everyone are convinced social media will play a decisive role...

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Sahara Reporters

Last December I met the impressive Omoyele Sowore, founder of Nigerian online news site, Sahara Reporters. I was chairing an independent media panel in Brooklyn ahead of the World Social Forum in Dakar. Sowore was one of...

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

We Are Not All Clay Shirky

Sophia Azeb Not to say that technology did not play a role in aiding the world’s ability to follow and support the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, but we must understand that Twitter and Facebook were mostly...

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Africa is a Country @ Twitter

The World Cup is 3 days away. So everybody is writing, blogging, speaking, filming and broadcasting from or about Africa (well, specifically South Africa, but it does not stop them from making generalizations about 53 countries and...

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Twitter is a Country

I’ve been on Twitter for a minute now. You can follow me there or hit me up with suggestions for posts at that same profile. Hag kasher vesame`ah, mashallah.