Quick Hits

- Hot on the heels on the lack of decent hotels in Nairobi is this piece on Paris Hilton’s trip to Rwanda. Let’s all get together and say a prayer for her to survive Africa.

- PC Magazine’s Top 100 blogs of 2007.

- Bankelele has a great post up on Nairobi town clerk [...]

Bubudiu!

State of Kenyan journalism in a nutshell (check the headline).

Foreign correspondents

Ethan’s recent post entitled “300 foreign correspondents overseas. And 3,000 in Washington DC?” made for interesting reading. The post was inspired by an Open Source show entitled “The End of the Foreign Correspondent?”

In my opinion, the problem of cutbacks in staffing foreign bureaus is compounded by the focus on the same old gloom and [...]

Highway Africa Post 2: Public Media in Africa

First speaker = Peter Schellschmidt (Head of Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s Media Project for Southern Africa) – Future of state owned newspapers and news agencies in Africa has largely been neglected. – Big issue is funding vis-a-vis editorial independence. The rest of his talk was very dry.

Second speaker = Tawana Kupe (Head of the [...]

Highway Africa Post 1: The EASSY Project

The presentations that I have attended so far haven’t really been bloggable…here’s my first attempt to cover a workshop. The session is covering the status of the EASSY project. I expect the South Africa / Kenya tensions over the cable to come up in the discussion.

Dr Henry Chasia, the head of NEPAD’s E-Africa [...]

Highway Africa Conference

So, I have just landed in Grahamstown for Highway Africa for the early part of the week and later in the week the “great-white-folk- d0-gooder-conspiracy -to-do-God-knows-what-to-ultimately-throttle-the-African-blogosphere-or-something-like-that” (tongue firmly in cheek, and wake me up as soon as “true” Africans plan, fund, and organize, the “true” African blogging indab…um..meet-up).

Highway Africa Conference

So, I have just landed in Grahamstown for Highway Africa for the early part of the week and later in the week the “great-white-folk-d0-gooder- conspiracy-to-do-God-knows-what-to-ultimately-throttle-the-African-blogosphere-or-something-like-that” (tongue firmly in cheek, and wake me up as soon as “true” Africans plan, fund, and organize, the “true” African blogging indab…um..meet-up).

We Media conference

I was one of the speakers during the Africa session. Wilfred Kiboro was also one of the panelists and it was quite interesting to hear him wax eloquently about how the Nation was all about new media and how their main problem was lack of trained journalists (or did I hear him wrong?? I hate [...]