Undoubtedly, Africa has found its voice through Social media among other channels. I am lucky to have been a part of some marvelously exciting projects which have shown how Social media can be used in various ways to communicate to powers that be, Promote unity, and educate its own.
Africa On The Blog network
I have been a part of this network for months, and on daily basis, I get the chance to read what Africans are thinking and I usually love the interesting twists they add to their posts. Reading blogs from people with varying experiences has been the main reason why I would recommend the Africa on the Blog network to anyone in search of content with the African bloggers’ touch. In the last week or so, we were so happy when the editor of the blog announced to the Group that our partnership with the Guardian had been confirmed. Now we get to reach a wider audience with our posts on technology, health, tourism, politics, books etc. We have seen the number of bloggers who believe in this concept grow every week, as we receive requests from seasoned bloggers across the country, who express their willingness to contribute to the network and the mailing list.
The second Social media family I love being a part of is the BloggingGhana family. About a year ago, the tag ‘the biggest group of social media enthusiasts’ was more of a dream, but today, we have won the bragging rights to own and use that tag especially after our groundbreaking BlogCamp events in Ghana and during these times when our Political project Ghana Decides is being mentioned on International platforms. The groups learnt with excitement that we were one of the few finalists in the Africa News and Innovation ANIC, after which we sent two of our bloggers to Zanzibar for the Techcamp.
The group is hoping to do even more with its current capacity. But whenever I look back I can’t help it but tap myself in the back because of what we have achieved through social media and new media technologies. I guess Social media is not just a tool for over-throwing heads of states as it happened in the Arab Spring, but could also be a tool to empower, sensitize and direct our generation.