Sokari Ekine

The internet and more so blogging has enabled a growth in freedom of speech amongst civil society groups and individual activists and citizens across the continent. In China, Iran and the Middle East the governments have been active in monitoring and restricting access to the internet by it’s citizens. The first African country to ban websites was Tunisia which hosted the second phase of the WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) was held in Tunisia last November. The irony was more

African Painters - ( comments on the work of Burkina Faso artist, Suzanne Ouedraogo who uses her art as a way of protesting against the practice of female circumcision. Her paintings present are a courageous, powerful picture of this horrendous violation of the female body. He accompanies the paintings with a poem more

Ethiopian blogger, Weichegud!ET Politics ( writes an open letter to World Bank President, Paul Wolfowitz who is soon to visit Ethiopia. She writes eloquently on the realities of Ethiopia under the dictatorship of Meles Zenawi and what she expects from the US:

“I don’t envy American diplomats in Ethiopia. How do you more

EthioPundit ( comments on “ethnic, religious and tribal politics” in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Tigray. For Ethiopundit the issue is “dead” and questions whether the “TPLF represents the interests of Tigrayans or that the OLF represents the interests of Oromos”.

“Without cooperation as well as competition by the Oromo or Tigray or Amhara et al, Ethiopia would not exist more

As World Cup fever hits the blogosphere, African Shirts - ( follows the Trinidad & Tobago vs Sweden world cup match and decides he is moving to T&T.

“Trinidad and Tobago might be the smallest country to ever qualify for the World Cup, but to compensate for being a small country, they brought the biggest party machine ever. more

South African Diaspora ( raises some interesting points about Africans leaving to work abroad in the West. He goes into considerable detail about skilled and unskilled labour and the cost for Africa to educate it’s skilled workforce who then leave.

“So taking this from America’s point of view, they can basically pick and chose more

The main story this week has been the alleged blocking of blogs by the Ethiopian government. Several Ethiopian bloggers have reported that they have not been able to access Blogspot blogs ( from within and outside the country.

Ethiopian Life, Politics, Culture and Arts ( reports that the Ethiopian government more

Nigerian blogger Chippla ( explains that there is more to the constitutional amendments in Nigeria than extending Obasanjo’s tenure from two to three years.

“By infusing an extension of the presidential term of office into the constitutional amendment, the administration of Mr. Obasanjo hijacked a very good exercise. more

The two big stories on the African Blogosphere this week are the arrest of 10 Egyptian activists, including blogger Alaa Abd El-Fatah, last Sunday and the acquittal of Jacob Zuma on charges of rape in South Africa. Due to the large number of posts I am only including the Blog name and a short quote from each.

The comments on the Zuma trial range from outright disgust at the verdict to agreement with the verdict but disgust with Zuma’s perceived immoral behaviour to no comment on the more

Egyptian blogger, Baheyya ( reports on the arrest of peaceful demonstrators holding a vigil in support of judges campaigning for judicial independence.

“Amid screams, sobs, and cries of ‘Down with Hosni Mubarak,’ ‘Down with Habib al-Adli,’ riot police cornered protestors as plain clothed agents removed them one by one. In a final, eerie scene, police more