Never has a political contest in Uganda’s history been so furiously played out in the media space as the 2021 national elections.
The Nigerian government, in a coordinated effort, has allegedly paid hoodlums to attack #EndSARS protesters in Lagos, Abuja and other cities in the country. The attacks have seen by protesters as a move to cause confusion and discredit the protests. The hoodlums brought different weapons including knives and axes to disrupt the protests.
The #EndSARS protests in Nigeria represent a unity of mind among young Nigerians trying to reclaim their country from the older generation.
Tweets that get more Replies than RT’s are extremely rare which is why the “O jewa ke eng?” tweet became a global phenomenon despite being in an African indigenous language.
Facebook’s revelation about fake accounts designed to influence elections shows the risks for Africa’s already fragile democracies.
According to a joint statement by Africa Check and Facebook, the number of languages covered by the social media platforms fact-checking effort will expand by 10 in an effort to monitor the accuracy of news shared on Facebook and curb fake news
Poverty porn is and has always been a means of exploiting the poor and their suffering for financial gain and general consumption. It has become so mainstream and effective that the word “poverty” is synonymous with the developing world. Even with a wealth of knowledge and resources at our fingertips, divisive and limiting narratives still abound.
In many instances, social media appears to be amplifying violence, creating a culture of impunity when perpetrators are not held accountable, and increasing insecurity and suspicion.
The under-representation of women’s achievements in the mainstream media is a serious problem, which perpetuates gender inequality. Social media can help to address this problem by highlighting women’s contributions, and achievements to break barriers and inspire young girls #AfricanWomenInAviation #WomenInAviation