It was an interesting twist and Africans were having their moment on Twitter. When the US Republican Nominee for President, Donald Trump, spoke of the possibility of the US Elections being ‘rigged’, many Africans could not resist commenting on social media.
“Do you know how to prevent yourself from getting Ebola?” It was a simple message sent via SMS to 46,000 young people in Nigeria during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014. The message was sent using U-Report, a social monitoring tool that was developed by UNICEF and designed …
The blogosphere, while not as popular as other forms of social media in Malawi, has provided a platform for Malawians to talk back and contribute to discussions on development, adding their voices to the ‘public sphere’ for debating issues of public interest.
Louisa and Tawera are two teenaged Malawian girls who love to code. I met them at Lilongwe’s first-ever Health Hackathon where they were tasked to develop a programme to solve a challenge facing Malawi’s health sector. Are these two young women and others like them changing the stereotyped representation of Africa?