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

Fair Tax Treaty, Yes, But Corruption Remain Malawi’s Biggest Problem

While in power 2012–2014, President Joyce Banda lamented on the difficulties of running Malawi economy: “It’s heavy, but I am able to carry it. Why? Because I am an African Woman. An African woman carries heavy loads anyway. That’s how we are trained; are brought up that nothing is unbearable. I use that now, positively. I use that now to have a thick skin that I have, and not fear, and move forward, and push; and push forward.” Joyce Banda had inherited a tanking economy from her predecessor, the late Bingu wa Mutharika; and at the same time, Mrs Banda Continue reading Fair Tax Treaty, Yes, But Corruption Remain Malawi’s Biggest Problem