Malawi: No Country for Poor Folk?

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Malawi government has been running adverts in the local press announcing its pilot phase for national identity cards. This is a plausible move given that without IDs, it is utterly impossible for one to justify that they’re indeed Malawian. Birth certificates are not yet universal – those who want one have to pay for it but a significant majority of the citizenry don’t have it. The small percentage of Malawians who have national passports and driver’s license depend on these for an ID. Increasingly, Malawians have been using voter certificate cards as their ID for services like opening bank accounts. Continue reading Malawi: No Country for Poor Folk?

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