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.
The social media space has become a wonderful domain for independent content curators, Kagiso Mnisi writes, some of whom are celebrated for their ability to engage authentically with members of their generation.
Blogging has become a phenomenon across the world, providing an informal platform that creates access to differing human experiences in numerous contexts. In our interests, we hardly ever look to the north of Africa to see the wealth of literary content that is pouring out of there. Here is a list of young Sudanese literary bloggers and writers who will serve as an introduction to the range of talent to be found in Sudan.
British athlete Lynsey Sharp has raised the ire of social media with her remarks, which seems to suggest she lost to Caster Semenya because it’s “difficult” to compete against the South African because of recent suspended hyperandrogenism regulations. Sharp stirred a hornet’s nest with comments implying that the reforms, allowing hyperandrogenic athletes to avoid artificially controlling testosterone levels made it difficult to fairly compete.
The headscarf goes by many names in Africa. They call it the “gele” in Nigeria, the “duku” in Ghana and the “Kilemba” in East Africa. In South Africa they call it the “doek” and after many years in which its use was confined to the periphery, its now back in the mainstream with a bang – with a little nod to American rapper Birdman.