Sunday, April 17, 2011

This Week in Africa- Interesting African Headlines You May Have Missed

Another week has ended and it's time to bring you a roundup of some interesting headlines from Africa. Here goes

We Need to Stop Google’s Exploitation of Open Communities
Mikel Maron writes about Google's seemingly disregard for community projects that it uses without proper credit to them. He writes
What bothers me so much is how they have blatantly copied OpenStreetMap. First their MapMaker product is directly modelled on OSM, but with a restrictive data license, where you can not use the data as you see fit. Second, they have stolen the idea of Mapping Parties, a unique concept and name we developed. Third, they’re even copying initiatives to map impoverished informal settlements, like Map Kibera.

Google Appoints Female Country Manager for Nigeria
MacJordan reports on Google's appointment of a female as country director for Nigeria. He writes
Google Nigeria recently appointed Ms. Juliet Ehimuan, the former General Manager of  Strategic Business Units at Chams Plc as its Country Manager for Nigeria.

The 20 Most Powerful People In African Business
Over on the Forbes blogs, Mfonobong writes lists the twenty most influential African business personalities. He writes
However, a new league of African businessmen is emerging. They are bold and fearlessly ambitious, building pan-African companies with regional and even global presences. They are influencers and change-makers. Their voices are never ignored within Africa’s business and political circles, and through their resolutions and actions, they shape the economic future of the continent.

Nigeria's Jonathan takes big poll lead
Aljazeera reports that Nigeria's incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan has taken the lead in the presidential election that was held yesterday.
Early results on Sunday showed Jonathan had done well in much of the predominantly Christian south, including areas such as the most populous city of Lagos, where the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) had struggled in a parliamentary election a week ago.

Re; Why Getting Ghana Wrong IS a Problem
Yours truly was involved in an argument with some of his compatriots started by a CNN article which talked about the increasing menace of internet fraud in Ghana.

Then again Graham and Graham, I Luqman Saeed, don't just see myself as a Ghanaian youth competing against my compatriots. NO! I see myself as a global citizen who is in competition with my contemporaries from across the world. And so I would not expect my American contemporary to be able to dazzle me in anyway whatsoever because I already am in competition with him and always try to be at par in terms of knowledge, use of technology and all that. IMHO, that is how we can get to market Africa to the world.


Bill Gates Pays Millions to AllAfrica (“Largest Electronic Distributor of African News and Information Worldwide”) to Push His Agenda
This is quite old but I had to fetch it to tell my point across to a friend on Twitter about who Gates really is and what he's doing on this continent.

On previous occasions about a year ago we also showed that Bill Gates had paid a lot of money for African journalists to cover his work the way he likes it. The veil of “training” was used and James Love mentioned this rather recently, in a very comprehensive summary of his.
We are saddened to find that Mr. Gates just cannot let journalists do their work independently. Using his tax-exempt bank account (Gates Foundation) he targets a very major channel of communication in Africa.

That's all for this week. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.







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