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    Africa: Getting ready for business amidst political uncertainty

    Dibussi Tande

    2011-11-10, Issue 557

    Sub-saharan Africa’s business regulatory environment, Cameroon and Liberia’s wasted potential, Eritrean politics and appropriate state models for Somalia are among the topics featured in this week’s review of African blogs, by Dibussi Tande.

    Challenging the 'single story' of Africa

    Sokari Ekine

    2010-07-14, Issue 490

    In her round-up of the African blogosphere this week, Sokari Ekine explores the unifying theme of challenging the 'single story' of Africa through discussing the AfroMusing, SACSIS, That African Girl, Gukira, Black Looks and Book Southern Africa blogs.

    South Africa 2010: The countdown is on!

    Dibussi Tande

    2010-04-29, Issue 479

    With the official kick-off of the 2010 FIFA World Cup just 42 days away, anticipation is steadily building on the African blogosphere, especially after the recent release of a number of World Cup songs, such as K'Naan's 'Waving flag', Kelly Rowland's 'Everywhere you go' featuring a host of African musicians, and the Shakira/FreshlyGround track, 'Zaminamina Waka Waka (Time For Africa)', which is the tournament's anthem.

    What are the donors really doing in Haiti?

    Sokari Ekine

    2010-04-22, Issue 478

    ‘Humanitarian intervention’ in Haiti, South African attitudes to HIV/AIDS and condom use, police killings in Lagos and everyday life in the aftermath of an earthquake are among the stories covered by Sokari Ekine in this week’s overview of the African blogosphere.

    Terre Noire, Terre Blanche: South Africa in black and white

    Dibussi Tande

    2010-04-15, Issue 477

    ANC Youth League President Julius Malema’s racial pot-stirring coupled with the gruesome murder of white supremacist leader, Eugene Terre Blanche, has led to a rise in racial tensions in South Africa and lots of soul searching about the future of the 'Rainbow Nation'.

    The imagination to see beyond chaos

    Sokari Ekine

    2010-04-15, Issue 477

    Morgan Tsvangirai’s contradictory statements on LGBTI rights, Madagascar’s elections and various interpretations of Africa by western visitors are among the topics featured in Sokari Ekine’s roundup of the blogosphere.

    Paradigm shift for the African Diaspora

    Dibussi Tande

    2010-04-01, Issue 476

    This week's review of African blogs includes a call to reexamine links between Africa and its diaspora, a lament about technology's negative impact on the Kenyan blogosphere, Ghana's first indigenous language blog and Kenya's very own superhero, Makmende.

    Remembering Sharpeville

    Sokari Ekine

    2010-03-25, Issue 475

    Fifty years ago, 69 Africans protesting against pass laws were shot in the South African township of Sharpeville. Posts in this week’s round-up of the blogosphere remember the massacre, the life of activist Fatima Meer and bring to mind the continuing struggle for the right to decent housing by shackdwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo. They also include musings on migration, Haiti and headscarves.

    When the African media drops the ball

    Dibussi Tande

    2010-03-18, Issue 474

    In this week's review of the African blogosphere, Jeune Afrique and New African are under fire for publishing fawning and inaccurate articles about Presidents Ali Bongo of Gabon and Faure Gnassingbé of Togo, while there is also a look at International Women's Day on the continent and thoughts on the recently-launched iHub and ICT University.

    The saga of the invisible president

    Sokari Ekine

    2010-03-11, Issue 473

    Rumours about Nigerian president Yar’Adua, violence in Jos, controversy over what happened to aid money during Ethiopia’s famine in the 1980s and International Women’s Day all feature in Sokari Ekine’s round-up of the African blogosphere. There’s also good news for Zimbabwe, as a documentary about the remarkable singer Prudence Mabhena and her band Liyana scoops an Oscar, with its inspiring story about overcoming the stereotypes around disability.

    African leaders in the eye of the storm

    Dibussi Tande

    2010-03-04, Issue 472

    In this week's review of the African blogosphere, a new report on the recent crises in Niger and Nigeria, Africa's tendency to deify its leaders, Sarkozy's visit to Gabon, and calls for a new approach to advocating for gender equality the use of ICTs.

    Homophobia is the problem, not homosexuality

    Sokari Ekine

    2010-02-25, Issue 471

    The encouragement of homophobia by religious groups in Kenya and Uganda, Jacob Zuma’s 'polygamy drama' and the misuse of mobile phones to fuel violence in Nigeria’s Jos conflicts are among the stories covered in Sokari Ekine’s round-up of the African blogosphere.

    Good luck to Nigeria

    Dibussi Tande

    2010-02-18, Issue 470

    In this week's review of the African blogosphere, there's debate over the constitutionality of Goodluck Jonathan’s appointment as the interim president of Nigeria, amid fears that the country could become the next Pakistan. Meanwhile legendary Cameroonian swindler Donatien Koagne dies in a Yemeni prison, and there are calls for South Africa's ruling elite to go beyond the euphoria of the 'Mandela Moment'.

    A fake coup and the never-ending 'Chinese Invasion'

    Dibussi Tande

    2010-02-04, Issue 468

    In this week's review of the African blogosphere, reports of a foiled coup plot in Burundi raise the spectre of instability and Cameroonians are seemingly overwhelmed by an influx of Chinese goods. There's also a response to Rajoelina's recent accusations of international interference, and 'sovereignty expenditures' by African states come under the spotlight.

    35 seconds that changed everything

    Sokari Ekine

    2010-01-28, Issue 467

    In this week’s round-up of the African blogosphere, Sokari Ekine is disappointed to find little commentary from Africa on the recent Haiti earthquake. She looks to bloggers in the diaspora instead, to shed light on events and to investigate the historical connections between Haiti and Africa.

    Bullets, bombs and blogs

    Sokari Ekine

    2010-01-14, Issue 465

    The ‘Nigerian bomber’, the attacks on the Togolese football team, LGBTI politics in Africa, the mafia and migrant workers in Italy and a murder in London are among the topics in Sokari Ekine’s roundup of the African blogosphere.

    Nigeria in the eye of the storm

    Dibussi Tande

    2010-01-07, Issue 464

    The new year began with a lots of hand wringing, soul searching and even outright anger in the African blogosphere over Umar Farouk Abdul-Mutallab’s Christmas day attempt to bomb a Delta/Northwest Airline over Detroit, and the subsequent inclusion of Nigeria on the US terrorist watch list along with 13 other countries.

    This is our story

    Sokari Ekine

    2009-12-17, Issue 462

    Sokari Ekine presents a selection of posts from her favourite commentators on the arts and literature in the African blogosphere.

    American Evangelists and the Growth of Homophobia in Africa

    Dibussi Tande

    2009-12-10, Issue 461

    Amongst the topics that Dibussi Tande covers in this week's review of African blogs are the link between conservative American evangelism and the growth of homophobia on the continent, the release of the film 'Invictus' and the trend of casting African Americans for African roles, and tips on how Africa can profit from hosting the upcoming World Cup.

    Coltan, cash and oil

    Sokari Ekine

    2009-12-04, Issue 460

    The rich are swindling the poor in the DRC and Zimbabwe, and no one seems to be in charge of a rudderless Nigeria, writes Sokari Ekine in this week’s roundup of the African blogosphere.

    Inventiveness in the streets of Nairobi

    Dibussi Tande

    2009-11-26, Issue 459

    In this week's blogging roundup by Dibussi Tande, Nairobi's power outages call for innovative local solutions, Adidas launches a new Kente-theme line of footwear, but gets the history wrong, and the recent stoning of a young Somali woman calls into question the justness of Sharia law and its application.

    A call for more female leadership across the continent

    Sokari Ekine

    2009-11-19, Issue 458

    A call for more female leadership across the continent, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS and the trial of Charles Taylor are among the stories in Sokari Ekine’s selection of the best of the African blogosphere for this week’s edition of Pambazuka News.

    Africa and the Collapse of the Berlin Wall

    Dibussi Tande

    2009-11-12, Issue 457

    In this week's blog roundup, Dibussi Tande reflects on the similarities between the fall of the Berlin wall and communism in Eastern Europe, and the push for political liberalism in Africa. Elsewhere, Tanzania's education system is failing, Kenya faces a country-wide power blackout, and homophobia rears its ugly head.

    Maneno: A blogging platform for the African blogger

    Dibussi Tande

    2009-10-29, Issue 455

    This week, Dibussi Tande reviews blogs on Maneno, a relatively new blogging and communication platform specifically designed for the sub-Saharan blogger and writer. According to its founders, Maneno 'allows those with limited or narrow-bandwidth internet to use a system that is lightweight and straightforward in functionality'.

    Speaking out against Uganda's homophobia

    Sokari Ekine

    2009-10-22, Issue 454

    Uganda’s Anti Homosexuality Bill – and how you can help stop this legislation from being passed, national elections in Niger, violence in Guinea and the impact of rising sea levels on African cities are among the topics in this week’s round-up of the African blogosphere.

    Discriminating against the Baka of Central Africa and protest in the townships

    Dibussi Tande

    2009-10-15, Issue 453

    In this week’s blog review, Dibussi Tande discusses discrimmination and injustice against the Baka of Cameroon, the ongoing service delivery portests in South Africa, and the recent decision by 14 Somali villages to renounce to practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

    The right to stay put: Resisting evictions and deportation

    Sokari Ekine

    2009-10-08, Issue 451

    The UN World Habitat Day, the attacks against Durban's Abahlali baseMjondolo, the campaign against Nestlé's buying milk from Robert Mugabe and Muammar al-Gaddafi's deal with Europe are among the topics covered in Sokari Ekine's fortnightly round-up of the African blogosphere for Pambazuka News.

    Pambazuka Blog Review – October 1, 2009

    Dibussi Tande

    2009-10-01, Issue 450

    In this week’s blog review, Dibussi Tande looks at the attacks on demonstrators in Guinea, and a recent survey in Zimbabwe on the performance of the Unity Government. He also reviews a blog on Western Union money transfers on the continent, a recent rant by Namibian ex-president Nujoma in defence of Robert Mugabe, and an organization giving an online voice to war-ravaged communities on Northern Uganda.

    The illusiveness of a Pan-African Africa

    Remembering Osagyefo

    Sokari Ekine

    2009-09-24, Issue 449

    The centenary of African revolutionary and Pan Africanist Kwame Nkrumah, Nigerian outrage at the depiction of their countrymen in a new South African science fiction film, and an inventive blackboard 'blog' from Liberia are among the topics covered Sokari Ekine's fortnightly round-up of the African blogosphere for Pambazuka News.

    “Digital Citizen Indaba 4.0”: Using Digital Media to Promote Social Justice in Africa

    Dibussi Tande

    2009-09-17, Issue 448

    In this week's blog roundup, Dibussi Tande reflects on the 4th annual “Digital Citizen Indaba” (DCI), which was held on September 5-6 2009 at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. The Indaba brought together bloggers, podcasters, vodcasters, mobile journalists, citizen reporters, new media practitioners, online industry experts and civil society representatives from Africa and beyond.

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