The recent deportation of famed 60-year-old Congolese rumba star, Koffi Olomide, after he was filmed apparently kicking a female member of his band at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has once again highlighted both the power and limitations of social media in Kenya. A video of the incident went viral on the internet precipitating aREAD MORE
In the last three months, I have attended two major events and participated in discussions on free speech on the internet. On July 10, I participated in the Uganda social media conference in Kampala. Earlier in May, I was in Berlin for the 10th edition of re:publica. Discussions at the two events reveal one thing:READ MORE
There are a number of causes and actors for the mass action that occurred in Zimbabwe on Wednesday, 6 July 2016. Some reasons being more immediate than others, and some actors being more key than others, but all contributing at varying levels to the national strike/shutdown (whatever you prefer to call it.) The particular differenceREAD MORE
It has become very common in the increasingly narrow global sphere to hear people correcting one another that Africa is not a country. Indeed, Africa is a continent with 50 plus countries; countries with distinct cultural traditions, regional and national dialects. There are estimated 1,500 – 2,000 languages spoken in Africa. These are important issuesREAD MORE
The question of whether social media should be regulated is steadily getting traction on the continent as well as here in Malawi. The issue gained even more attention in recent weeks following the arrest of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) members who were subsequently charged with treason over a WhatsApp group conversation. What is fundamental here is a moveREAD MORE
On 25th February at the Lagos Social Media Week, BBC Africa Debate held a conversation that was asking: Should Social Media be regulated? Now, that caught me unawares –but I also thought to myself – how timely. Here is why: 18 February 2016 saw Uganda go to the polls for the general election. On ElectionREAD MORE
On Thursday Uganda will go to the polls to decide whether incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who has been in power for three decades, gets another five-year term or hands over power to the opposition. No doubt that this is a defining moment for Uganda whichever way ‘the dice rolls.’ These elections are however not justREAD MORE
Happy New Year! This year starts on a very interesting note for Ugandans as political campaigns are underway in the country – as political leaders are busy campaigning to stay or get into office. Very crucial to this year’s elections is the use of Social Media platforms for mobilization of voters and hopefully votes. IREAD MORE
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