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lundi, septembre 18, 2006

Close-up on the African Blogosphere

In case you missed the information, the first African citizen media and blogging conference was held in South Africa, September 14th and 15th 2006. the site of Digital Citizens Indaba is here.

I followed closely discussions by reading the blogs of Ethan Zuckermann and Mike Stopforth.
Although I didn't attend the conference and despite several critics that were expressed against it, I believe this was a good step in the right direction. It stresses the fact that bloggers have a key role to play as they carry the voices of the continent and blogs represents citizen's journalism.

African blogosphere has several faces: among them Emeka Okafor from Timbuktu Chronicles, Ory Okolloh, the Kenyan Pundit, Ethan from Global Voices Online. They shed the light on
Africa from a cultural, technological, politcal standpoint. Despite the imbalance : 50 million bloggers & 6 billion people. The words the bloggers on Africa are spreading are precious and their action invaluable. Kudos to all of them.