Today we join the world to commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
It should have died down by now, but instead, #FindLovewithKholi a trending hashtag on Twitter that is helping singles find love, seems to be gaining momentum.
After 93 days of a government-imposed Internet ban, access was restored in April to the Anglophone regions of Cameroon. While the country’s crisis is far from resolved, time without the distraction of the Internet has helped Monique Kwachou see several things differently.
Last week, Nigeria’s social media was alight with the hashtag #keepthechangebae which came after a date went awry. A young woman returned the money a guy spent during a date, and asked the man to keep the change. The man involved presumed that taking the woman on a date was an automatic ticket to a relationship. The disgruntled man called out the lady on Twitter in a crude tweet, and her response set social media on fire. Nigerian companies and brands were quick to capitalise on the trending story.
The first edition of Social Media Week Lagos was held in 2013, making Nigeria the first African country to host the week-long event. Because Lagos is the commercial centre of the most populous African country, and with a population that is quickly embracing social media as part of its culture, it was the logical choice to host such an event. Since 2013, Social Media Week Lagos has focused on the role that technology plays in people’s lives.
Eureka! We found the origin of the pensive looking African boy meme. If you have been searching and wondering about the origin of the famous meme of a young African boy seated at a desk, with a pensive look on his face, frantically writing on a piece of paper, your search is finally over. The boy’s name is Jake. The picture is currently amongst one of the continent’s most famous and widely shared memes and it was taken by Carlos Cortes, an award winning photographer and shared by Ghanaian artist, Solomon Adufah.
Following a spate of social media-fuelled street protests, it comes as no surprise that the government of Zimbabwe is planning to introduce a raft of laws to clamp down on social media.
Acclaimed Zimbabwean sculptor Dominic Benhura is getting a lot of stick from Zimbabweans on social media for a statue of President Robert Mugabe, which is being criticised as a shoddy job. What’s your impression of the statue?
Mark Zuckerberg has posted some pictures on his Facebook page having a whale of a time, experiencing Kenya’s “amazing natural beauty and wildlife”. The little bit of advertising from one of the world’s most recognizable faces could help boost Kenya’s tourism.