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Kenyans, Nigerians face-off on Twitter

12 Sep

A Twitter hashtag that reportedly sprang up following the first visit of Facebook‘s founder to Africa could have implications for the control of social media in regions across Africa. Continue reading

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Is Facebook losing its grip on Africa?

8 Sep

Mark Zuckerberg‘s visit to Africa may boost Facebook‘s drive on the continent in the face of heightened criticism from users and competition from new decentralised platforms in other parts of the world. Continue reading

Nigeria: Can you please tell Malema to zip it?

20 Jan

I do not support the ignominy brought on Nigeria by the Boko Haram insurgency in some parts of the country and the way those vested with the constitutional mandate to safeguard every Nigerian from such – as custodians of our well-being – have handled it. However, I take exception to South Africa’s Julius Malema, 33, throwing verbal spanks at a ruling Nigerian president. It is wittingly debasing. It is also unappreciated for several other reasons.

Julius Malema (Pic credit SABC)

Julius Malema (Pic credit SABC)

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Chinese see ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’ in (Ebola) crisis. What do West Africans see?

17 Jan

I like Wu Jianmin, a former Chinese ambassador to the United States who now advises his country’s foreign ministry, particularly for his stance in defence of his compatriots when asked a question by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour regarding a purportedly callous attitude of some Chinese businesspeople who tend to place moneymaking above life-saving in West Africa. Continue reading

Ebola speeds up educators’ embrace of tech in Sierra Leone, Liberia

26 Nov

The deadly Ebola outbreak has sparked some creative thinking among academic institutions and private education initiatives determined to reach out to students who have been hunkering down for months in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Faced with a raging epidemic, the University of Sierra Leone plans to upload lecture notes on its website, send learning material through e-mail and engage students through social media platforms like Whatsapp and Facebook. The 2014/2015 session, which should have begun Oct. 1, was postponed due to the Ebola outbreak. Continue reading

West Africa: Ebola now, integration later (1)

3 Nov

A friend posted on Facebook several days ago that now is not the best time to travel to the US with a Sierra Leonean passport. My comment came quickly, I wouldn’t agree less. But I think he’d gone a bit far. Why not think closer to home? Let me share an emotional but interesting story with you, as I experienced a 3-hour journey turned into a 12-day trip across six countries. Thanks to the Ebola disease outbreak. Continue reading

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