Africa Needs a Collective Thinking Space

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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 issues if one wants to fully understand Africa, let alone making decisions and/ or conclusion about it. Yet, as an African from Malawi, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, I understand that apart from the above-pointed issues, there is also a lot that Africans have in Continue reading Africa Needs a Collective Thinking Space

Twitter has arrived on Africa’s political-sphere

A recent report, “How Africa Tweets” by a London-based communications agency, Portland has established that Twitter is “coming of age” on the continent “with the micro-blogging platform being widely used for political debate. The study has established that “almost 1 in 10 of the most popular African hashtags in 2015 related to political issues and politicians, compared to 2 percent of hashtags in the US and UK.” Even though the report indicates that entertainment and showbiz dominated the African Twitter-sphere in 2015 – representing over 20 percent of all hashtags, political discussion has grown by 10 percent from the firm’s Continue reading Twitter has arrived on Africa’s political-sphere

Social Media is Alright

The question of whether social media should be regulated is steadily getting traction on the continent as well as here in Malawi. Nigerian government is considering it and few weeks ago Yoweri Museni’s government in Uganda shutdown social media during a crucial elections period. Here at home the issue gained even more attention in the recent weeks following the arrest of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) members who were subsequently charged with treason over a Whatsapp group conversation. Of course Whatsapp groups are private conversation by the nature of its setting, unlike the likes of Facebook, Twitter etc. This means the Continue reading Social Media is Alright